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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 other after both were bitten by unidentified snakes in their homes.
RACQ CQ Rescue pilot Greg Webb said the young girl was believed to […]
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 was en route to Proserpine hospital to transfer two critically ill patients to Townsville General Hospital.
About 6am today, RACQ CQ Rescue was […]
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 Mackay when the incident happened.
The Mackay-based rescue helicopter arrived on the scene in teeming rain just after 4.30pm with a Critical Care […]
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 was an iconic part of the non-competitive running social club’s heritage and had occurred long before other organizations turned to running events as […]
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 on scene about 7am with the crew deciding to winch the patient up into the helicopter as the landing weight limitations aboard the […]
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 rider at high speed about 6pm near Gregory River, about 148km north of Mackay. The teen sustained serious leg, shoulder, arm and chest […]
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 the driver, who suffered cuts, bruises and a wrist injury, contacted his father by phone for help. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter, with a […]
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 that for the 35 minute flight to the search area.
Fortunately the weather is clearer today than it has been for the past […]
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 of the occupants may have left the car in search of help.
The helicopter flew about 35 nautical miles to the search site in […]
RACQ CQ Rescue departed base at 7.30am with a doctor and critical care paramedic aboard and arrived at 8.15am, landing on the bitumen road […]
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 a Canadian tradition in his mother’s family.
“Because there’s been a few auctioneers in our family over the years, a new tradition […]
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 year to go and equated to more than 1.5 tasks a day.
This incredible growth in demand meant […]
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 funds for local charities.
More than 100 Mackay shoppers per day have been happy to donate their gold coins […]
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 participant’s overall health.
CQR Health Manager Jenny Townley said a Gratton Institute report recently identified Mackay as having up to […]
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. The rescue helicopter was tasked to retrieve the patient and arrived at the Clermont Airport at […]
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 being bitten on the toe by a brown snake.
So far this year, RACQ CQ Rescue has transferred seven patients to hospital with […]
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.
The woman, who lives on a property near Clermont, was walking to the sandpit with her 18-month-old toddler and a […]
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 man had been “incredibly lucky” due to the serious nature of the accident and the remote location given his injuries could have […]
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. The cruise ship had departed Sydney on Monday and was travelling north around the top end of Australia and scheduled to arrive […]
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 impact, sustained minor injuries, but the male driver of a small sedan was trapped by the legs and had to be […]
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 small group of about 12 walkers in August 2017 traverse Papua New Guinea’s harsh wilderness, taking the same […]
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 sea of yellow and blue and help raise vital, life-saving funds for RACQ CQ Rescue.
Miley and her family […]
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 deep water shipping channel east of Mackay.
RACQ CQ Resce arrived at the scene with a doctor and intensive care paramedic aboard […]
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 RACQ CQ Rescue for another 12 months, their annual sponsorship a combination of […]
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 his left hand in its jaws and rolling him towards the water’s edge.
An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said the man […]