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EPIRBs Call In Rescue Chopper

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The RACQ LifeFlight critical care doctor treated the injured man at the scene of the crash
(Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

March 18, 2019

Two emergency beacons triggered the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter into action on Saturday evening after a motorcycle rider was critically injured near Mount Stanley.

The Sunshine Coast-based helicopter took off after Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) tasked it to the Somerset region about 5:30pm.

While the rescue chopper was on the way, the crew received information an emergency call had been made from a nearby property, alerting authorities that a motorcyclist aged in his 60s had come off his bike and was unconscious.

The two Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) led the aircraft straight to the incident.

The rescue helicopter’s aeromedical team was first on scene to treat the man.

An RACQ LifeFlight spokesperson said the man had been riding with a group of motorcyclists, when he apparently rode over a cattle grid and came off his bike.

He suffered serious head injuries.

LifeFlight’s critical care doctor and flight paramedic treated him at the scene for some time, before he was stabilised and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Aircrew Officer Rick Harvey said the riders had been well prepared and by using two EPIRBs, they had made certain their emergency call would be answered.

The emergency beacons directed the helicopter to the exact location of the accident
(Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)


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