A RECORD number of rescues kept the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter crews busy in the last week.
The helicopter attended five rescues in just over 12 hours completing a total of nine rescues in five days.
Four of these rescues were to the Whitsunday islands.
RACQ-CQ business development manager Leonie Hansen said the record number cemented the fact the service was essential.
“That is what we are here for,” she said.
“The fact it was being used like that shows it's an essential service.”
Among those rescued was a 40-year-old man who was bitten by a snake on Lindeman Island on Monday.
The RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter transferred the man to Mackay for treatment.
A 59-year-old South African man hurt his back on board a boat at Whitehaven Beach on Saturday afternoon.
The RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter transported the man to Proserpine Hospital to treat his injuries.
The helicopter went to Hayman Island shortly after where a 42-year-old woman slipped over near a pool and badly injured her hip.
She was taken to Mackay Base hospital for treatment.
A man was also taken by helicopter from Collinsville hospital for further treatment for a snake bite.
The helicopter was also called to Brampton Island, Farrier Island and twice to Moranbah.
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