Injured bushwalker winched to safety

AIRLIFTED: The RACQ LifeFlight chopper rescued an injured woman near Springbrook.
AIRLIFTED: The RACQ LifeFlight chopper rescued an injured woman near Springbrook.

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter winched a woman from a walking track in the Gold Coast hinterland on Saturday afternoon.

An RACQ LifeFlight spokesman said the chopper was called to the area near Springbrook just after midday when the woman aged in her thirties slipped and injured her leg while hiking alone.

He said the woman was an experienced bush walker, and well-prepared for the hike.

“Because of the remote location, the rescue crew decided to lower the flight paramedic down to the scene to assess the patient,” he said.

“The woman was stabilised, before being winched up to the chopper, with the paramedic.

“She was then airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.”

LifeFlight completed a record number of lifesaving missions last year, with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing 5,724 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit: lifeflightfoundation.org.au

The LifeFlight rescue helicopter winches a woman to safety.

The LifeFlight rescue helicopter winches a woman to safety.