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SNAKES HAMPER CLEAN-UP EFFORTS IN CYCLONE RAVAGED AREAS

It seems Cyclone Debbie is still delivering the Whitsunday region some surprises – this time of a more slithery kind. RACQ CQ Rescue is urging residents to be cautious as they clean up their homes and yards following the severe weather event after airlifting two people with snake bites on Saturday. A 12-year-old girl and a 60-year-old woman were airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital from Proserpine within hours of each [...]

MACKAY HELICOPTERS FLYING TO THE RESCUE AFTER CYCLONE DEBBIE

RACQ CQ Rescue has two aircraft playing a pivotal role in evacuation of flood-affected residents across the Mackay, Bowen Basin and Whitsunday regions as part of ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. As at 1pm, a RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was headed to Hamilton Island, which sustained significant damage from Cyclone Debbie, to transfer a patient back to Mackay Base Hospital. A second RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter [...]

FOUR AIRLIFTED AFTER LIGHT PLANE CRASHES OFF ISLAND RUNWAY

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted four people including the pilot of a light plane which crashed off a runway and into bushland on an island offshore from Carmila this afternoon. The GippsAero GA8 Airvan ran off the runway on Avoid Island, 20km offshore and 100km south of Mackay, just before 4pm this afternoon. The single engine aircraft had seven people aboard including the pilot and was taking off bound for [...]

RUNNERS SEEING RED FOR CHARITY THIS SATURDAY IN THE CITY

You’ll be seeing red this Saturday when a group of runners wearing dresses make their way through the City Heart to raise funds for charity. Mackay Hash House Harriers will be holding their annual Red Dress Run, starting at the Palace Hotel at 12.30pm, March 11, to raise vital funds for the region’s rescue helicopter, RACQ CQ Rescue. Mackay Hash House Harriers spokesman Gary Button said the Red Dress Run [...]

ILL SAILOR WINCHED FROM BULK CARRIER BY RESCUE HELICOPTER

RACQ CQ Rescue has winched a very ill sailor off a bulk carrier about 20km offshore and transported him to Townsville hospital this morning. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked just after 5am that a 25-year-old Filipino crewman aboard the Maria A. Angelicoussi, which was moored near Abbott Point, 214km north of Mackay, required urgent medical attention. After further discussion en route with the ship’s captain, the rescue helicopter arrived [...]

AIRLIFT OF RIDER CAPS MASSIVE WEEK FOR RESCUE HELICOPTER

A teenager was seriously injured and airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital after a motorbike accident on a property west of Proserpine late yesterday. His transfer to Mackay Base Hospital last night marked the 12th task for RACQ CQ Rescue since Monday capping an incredibly busy week for the service with tasks costing more than $171,000 The 16-year-old boy was believed to be riding a dirt bike which slammed into another [...]

TWO MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN CAR ROLLS ON DIRT ROAD

RACQ CQ Rescue flew nearly 400km last night to transfer two seriously injured men to hospital after their car rolled multiple times near Lotus Creek. The 19-year-old driver, who lives on a property nearby, and his 42-year-old passenger were not wearing seatbelts when their convertible four-wheel drive lost control on a dirt road and rolled just after 6pm, 180km south of Mackay. RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked at 6.30pm after [...]

EXTENSIVE SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MAN OVERBOARD OFF THE COAST OF MACKAY

The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter has just completed a 2 hour search on the western side of Middle Island in the Percy Group of Isles, 70nm South-East Mackay, for a man reported overboard from a yacht in the early hours of this morning. RACQ CQ Rescue air crewman Quinton Rethus said, “We received the call in relation to the search at 0656 this morning and we departed shortly after [...]

RESCUE HELICOPTER FINDS FIVE PEOPLE MISSING IN DENSE FOREST

RACQ CQ Rescue has located five missing people using Night Vision Goggles on a search of dense forest near Eungella very early this morning. The rescue helicopter crew were tasked just after midnight by the Queensland Police Service that five people who were four-wheel-driving in the Crediton State Forest late yesterday had been reported missing. It was believed their vehicle had become bogged on a dirt track and that some [...]

TWO MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN WORK UTILITY ROLLS FIVE TIMES

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted two seriously injured men to hospital after a work ute left the road and rolled about five times near Glenden this morning. The 51-year-old Mackay driver and his 51-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries in the single vehicle accident on Collinsville Elphinstone Road, about 130km west of Mackay, about 7am. RACQ CQ Rescue departed base at 7.30am with a doctor and critical care paramedic aboard and [...]

NEWLYWEDS AUCTION BEST MAN TO AID REGION’S RESCUE HELICOPTER

It’s certainly a unique wedding when the bride and groom give their guests what could be a life-saving gift. When Burdekin couple Ureisha Tooma and Bristow Hughes tied the knot in Airlie Beach on October 15, a dance with their best man was auctioned off and raised an incredible $2000 for the region’s rescue helicopter, RACQ CQ Rescue. Bristow said the origin of an auction at a wedding stemmed from [...]

REGION’S RESCUE HELICOPTER CLOCKS UP RECORD TASK NUMBERS

Huge growth in demand matched by strong community support and goodwill had ensured 2016 was a record year for RACQ CQ Rescue. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter clocked up 542 tasks in just 11 months (January to November 2016) and more than 900 flying hours, a marked increase on last year’s total of 518 tasks. This represents a substantial increase in missions for the community-funded helicopter with three weeks of the [...]

SHOPKINS AND JEWELLERY TOP OF CHRISTMAS GIFT WISH LIST

Shopkins, jewellery and technology are top of this year’s Christmas wish lists and among the most common items being presented for gift wrapping at Caneland Central this week. Star Wars collectibles and scented candles for adults plus Lego for the kids were also popular items at the gift wrapping stall provided by Caneland Central and operated by members of ESA Alpha Rho Mackay branch, who are wrapping to raise much-needed [...]

HEALTH SCREENING TO HIGHLIGHT WORKERS’ RISK OF DISEASE

Mackay Regional Council is challenging local businesses and other councils by leading the way in helping improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community by health screening their employees. During December, council employees can undertake a short 10-minute test by CQR Health onsite which will provide instant, personalised health feedback on the potential risks of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes as well as give a screenshot of each [...]

UNLUCKY TEEN AIRLIFTED WITH TWO SNAKE BITES IN TWO DAYS

Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but unfortunately for one incredibly unlucky teen, snakes do. RACQ CQ Rescue has today airlifted an 18-year-old Proserpine man from Clermont to the Mackay Base Hospital for the second time in just two days after suffering yet another snake bite. On Friday, the contractor was bitten by an unidentified snake on the lower right leg while working clearing scrub on a property near Capella about 10.30am. [...]

CORRECT FIRST AID COULD SAVE A SNAKE BITE VICTIM’S LIFE

Watching your step in your backyard might just save your life. The summer heat is flushing out snakes across the region with numerous sightings in suburban backyards on the increase. RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted four snake bite patients since August, including a three-year-old and a 17-year-old from Collinsville. Two patients were from Proserpine and a Clermont woman was yesterday transferred to Mackay Base Hospital by the rescue helicopter after [...]

SANDPIT PLAY ENDS IN SNAKE BITE FOR CLERMONT MOTHER

An afternoon play in the sandpit with her two toddlers ended abruptly for a Clermont mother today when she was bitten on the foot by a highly venomous snake. On the second task today for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter, RACQ CQ Rescue flew 262 nautical miles (485km) to transfer a 25-year-old woman to the Mackay Base Hospital after she was bitten on the toe by a brown snake about 2pm. [...]

INJURED MAN AIRLIFTED AFTER TRUCK ROLLOVER AT GOLD MINE

A 56-year-old Townsville man was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital with serious internal injuries after a dump truck rolled at a mine site near Mt Coolon today. The worker suffered a collapsed lung, severe chest trauma, internal injuries and a possible fractured pelvis and shoulder in the accident which happened about 8am at the Wirralie Gold Mine, 25km north-west of Mt Coolon. An RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said the injured [...]

ILL CANADIAN TOURIST AIRLIFTED FROM HUGE CRUISE SHIP AT SEA

RACQ CQ Rescue has landed on the heli deck of a 293-metre cruise ship offshore from Bowen this afternoon to airlift an unwell passenger to hospital. The Canadian tourist, a passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, was airlifted to Townsville General Hospital with a serious unknown illness. The massive vessel, with more than 2000 passengers aboard, was located 30 nautical miles (55kms) north-east of Bowen. [...]

MAN TRAPPED IN WRECKAGE AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION

A man was trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle for 45 minutes after a horror head-on smash near Collinsville this morning. The man was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital with serious leg, pelvic and arm injuries after two cars collided on a straight stretch of the Bowen Developmental Road, 40km west of Collinsville, about 9am. The driver of a four-wheel drive, which was flipped on its roof by the [...]

KOKODA PILGRIMMAGE WILL HELP SAVE LIVES HERE AT HOME

A nine-day, 96km trek through dense jungle retracing the footsteps of Aussie soldiers certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. But for Jenny Townley, it offers a life-changing adventure and a fantastic physical challenge. Jenny and her partner Phil Burnham have registered for The Trek to Save Lives: Kokoda 2017 to raise money for RACQ CQ Rescue. Organised by Inspired Adventures, the trek along the iconic Kokoda Track will see a [...]

Rescue Chopper’s week of “FUN-raising” set to takeoff

Walkerston State School Prep student Miley Weller knows small change can make a very big difference. That’s why she’s so proud her school has jumped aboard to fundraise during Rescue Chopper Week this month. From October 17 to 23, schools and businesses across the district will celebrate and put the ‘fun’ back into fundraising by holding free dress days, crazy hair days, sausage sizzles and morning teas to create a [...]

Rescuers land on reef 150km offshore to airlift patient

RACQ CQ Rescue has today landed on a remote coral reef 150km offshore to airlift a patient with a serious medical condition. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 8.30am to transfer a 68-year-old Cannonvale man from a fishing charter vessel near Creal Reef. The man was in severe pain and required treatment at Mackay Base Hospital. Creal Reef is an active lighthouse location guiding ships into Hydrographers Passage, a [...]

Firm’s ongoing support helps rescue service save lives

Health and safety are paramount in industry so it’s reassuring a Mackay high-profile engineering firm chooses to heavily support the region’s rescue helicopter. G & S Engineering, who like RACQ CQ Rescue pride themselves on long-term service and excellence, have partnered again with the region’s rescue helicopter to ensure their vital aeromedical services continue to help save more lives every year The Paget-based firm will be a platinum partner of [...]

Man airlifted with serious hand injury after crocodile attack

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted a man to Mackay Base Hospital after he was attacked by a crocodile near Bloomsbury today. The rescue helicopter, with a paramedic and doctor aboard, was tasked about 1pm and landed at the Lakeside Air Park, 90km north of Mackay. A 66-year-old Bloomsbury man was believed to have been working at a wildlife park in the crocodile enclosure about midday when the animal attacked, grabbing [...]