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Appeal saves lives, keeps world-class service in the air 24/7

Imagine the horror and breath-taking pain of being stung by a deadly venomous sea creature on a remote and deserted beach, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest hospital or doctor. Then the relief when you hear that the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper is on the way. Saving the life of a critically injured man stung by a cone snail in the Whitsundays this week isn’t the toughest challenge faced by [...]

Mercy mission saves cone snail sting victim in the Whitsundays

A day in paradise has ended with a 25 year old male being stung by a cone snail off Whitsunday Island, near famous Whitehaven Beach. The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue, with its on board medical team, received an urgent callout just before 11.30am with information at hand stating the patient was experiencing respiratory failure. At the time of the incident the young man, who was a crew member aboard a [...]

RACQ CQ Rescue does 5 tasks over the Queens Birthday weekend

It was a busy holiday weekend for the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service with 5 tasks over the 3 day period, including a horse fall on a remote property south of Mackay and searching for a missing jet ski rider off the Bowen coastline. On Friday evening, the flying trauma team received an urgent call to retrieve a critically ill woman from Daydream Island in the Whitsundays. At 4.30pm Saturday [...]

Clermont Show ‘beefs’ up funds for RACQ CQ Rescue

Fundraising of a different kind was the order of the day at the 2015 Clermont Show with RACQ CQ Rescue one of two beneficiaries at the event. Since 2008, over $40,000 has been raised for the rescue service through the Beef Cattle Auction ‘Charity Class’ and this year was no exception with the proceeds totalling $14,000 which will benefit two worthy charities servicing the Clermont region and surrounds. RACQ [...]

Mackay’s community rescue helicopter returns to North Queensland to lend a hand

On Sunday 31st May, the Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue community helicopter service deployed one of its Bell 412 helicopters to Townsville to assist the State Government-owned QG Air Rescue (formerly EMQ Helicopter Rescue) during a period of outage with its Bell 412 aircraft. The blue and yellow RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter is not unfamiliar in the skies over Townsville with 30 missions to Townsville in 2014 and 20 missions already [...]

The Sydney Street Medical Beach to Gardens gets up and running

Registrations are now open for the 2015 Sydney Street Medical Beach to Gardens Fun Run. Going into its third year the event has raised over $20,000 for Variety Queensland and RACQ CQ Rescue. Over 800 runners hit the pavement in 2014 to make the journey from Town Beach to the Botanic Gardens with 2015 shaping up to be the biggest event to date. The event caters for all ages and [...]

Greenmount Homestead 100th Anniversary Community Fair

  RACQ CQ Rescue is excited to announce our support of the Greenmount Homestead 100th Anniversary Community Fair this Sunday 31st May! The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter will be at the Homestead grounds on Greenmount Rd, Walkerston from 9am – 3pm so bring your whole family to Greenmount Homestead and say hello to our pilot and crew! Lots of photo opportunities to be had so come along and create your [...]

RACQ CQ Rescue on the move as Collinsville needs help

With the exception of Wednesday, the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was tasked to separate missions in Collinsville every weekday of last week. RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Martin Cleland said, “One of the interesting things for the crew when they arrive for their shift each morning is they never know what the day has install for them but I’m sure none of the crew was expecting to be in Collinsville almost [...]

Record numbers for the RACQ CQ Rescue Model Search

An incredible amount of $28,000 has been raised in the 2015 RACQ CQ Rescue Model Search, an increase on 2014’s result by almost $12,000. Organisers of the event at Brooke Lee Modelling are overwhelmed with the outcome of the 2015 model search which is gaining momentum year after year. To be eligible for the RACQ CQ Rescue Model Search competition, entrants were expected to meet a fundraising threshold but many [...]

Man airlifted after run-in with Bull

Living on the land comes with a notion to expect the unexpected, however a 62 year old Pioneer Valley man was taken by surprise when he was charged by a bull on a property earlier today. The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter and its crew had just returned to Mackay at around 1.30pm after an 11 and a half hour mission to search for the missing 5 & 6 year old [...]

Lifesaving Winch For Two Stricken Fisherman

Two men have been lucky to escape with their lives after being winched from a fishing trawler at 9:30am this morning. The vessel came into trouble when it’s fishing nets wrapped around the propeller in the early hours of the morning causing the trawler to drift towards the nearby Keswick Island. In a split second decision the Captain decided to drop anchor in an attempt to stop the vessel drifting [...]

Hong Kong Tourist Winched To Safety After Diving Accident

A 63 year old man has been winched to safety off Hardy Reef pontoon in the Whitsundays while on a routine scuba dive. The man ascended too quickly causing him to inhale water while rising to the surface. Hardy Reef, which is almost 50 kms north east of Hayman Island, is a very popular tourist destination for snorkelling and reef trips in the Whitsundays. Its location also means in the [...]

Snake Bite And Irukandji Sting Spark Busy 24 Hours For Rescue Helicopter

A 26 year old French tourist has been stung by a suspected Irukandji jellyfish while holidaying on a cruise ship in the Whitsunday Islands. The woman was transported via boat to the Hayman Island medical facility for first aid treatment while awaiting the arrival of the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter. The Rescue Helicopter’s trauma team stabilised the woman on the island before airlifting her to Mackay for further treatment and [...]