The RACQ-CQ chopper at Karmoo Station, south-west of Clermont.
The RACQ-CQ chopper at Karmoo Station, south-west of Clermont.

Busy times for crews

THE rescue helicopters have been hovering over Central Highlands’ skies.

The RACQ Capricorn rescue crew whisked a man, 41, off to hospital in a serious but stable condition with severe chest and shoulder injuries after a mountain bike incident on Sunday.

He was biking near Comet when he attempted a jump at 45km, but landed heavily on the handle bars.

“The man was in a considerable amount of pain,” a spokesperson said.

A Springsure man, 24, was also taken to Mackay Base Hospital last Friday by the RACQ CQ chopper after breaking his ankle while mustering on a quad bike.

The incident occurred at Karmoo Station, 60km south-west of Clermont.

The quad bike landed on the man, also injuring his shoulder and back.

He required intensive pain relief and was airlifted in a vacuum mattress.

On Monday, the helicopter was in Dysart to load a seven-year-old boy with a serious medical condition. He was taken to Mackay hospital for treatment.

That day, it was also tasked to Wondabah Station, north of Clermont, for an 81-year-old woman, taken to Mackay for observation and treatment.

Earlier this month, the service was sent to Blackwater for two serious farm incidents.

On July 20, a woman, 26, had suspected fractured ribs and a collapsed lung after being kicked in the chest by a horse on a property west of the township. A day earlier, a man fell 6m from the top of a harvester and landed on his back, sustaining neck, back and shoulder injuries.


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