RACQ Rescue chopper transporting snake bite victim to Mackay Base Hospital last night.
RACQ Rescue chopper transporting snake bite victim to Mackay Base Hospital last night. RACQ Rescue

Snake bite victim airlifted to Mackay

A 32-YEAR-OLD American tourist was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition after she was bitten by a snake on South Molle Island at 6.49pm last night.

An RACQ Rescue spokesperson said the woman, from Portland, Oregon, and her friend had planned to spend a few days camping on the island which is 12km offshore from Airlie Beach.

The pair had only arrived on the island yesterday and after setting up camp, were walking to a nearby picnic table to have dinner early in the evening when the woman was bitten on the right foot by a brown-coloured snake.

RACQ CQ Rescue arrived on the island about 8.50pm landing on the sand near the camping ground, north-west of the island's jetty with a rescue crewman, doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board.

RACQ CQ Rescue departed the island about 9.15pm and arrived at Mackay Base Hospital just before 10pm.

A spokesperson for Mackay Hospital and Health Service said the woman wasn't envenomated and left hospital early this morning.


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