AGL Rescue Chopper relive hectic past two days
AFTER more than 18 helicopters flocked to central Queensland in January to rescue hundreds affected by the January floods, there's just one service that remains dedicated to the local community.
In the past two days, the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has helped nine people affected by this week's flooding in the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Gympie and Gladstone regions.
Many required urgent medical attention after flood waters cut roads to their homes and medical facilities, leaving them stranded and their lives endangered.
On Wednesday afternoon, the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew to the Gladstone region where a 54-year-old Captain Creek man with a medical condition and an Agnes Waters woman suffering a neurological disorder became unreachable by road ambulance.
Both were airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.
A 40-year-old women with a heart condition also became stranded at her home in The Palms, west of Gympie.
The helicopter was able to land at her property where she was stabilised by its flight doctor and paramedic and flown to Nambour General Hospital.
The helicopter also made two flights to Tin Can Bay on Wednesday, airlifting a 87-year-old man with a spinal injury and a 67-year-old man suffering abdominal pain.
Both men, whose homes had become isolated by flooding, were treated by the helicopter's flight doctor and paramedic and airlifted to Nambour General Hospital.
Two elderly men stranded in Tin Can Bay were also rescued on Tuesday - a 77-year-old suffering abdominal pain and a 61 year old with pain in his legs and chest. The helicopter's flight doctor and paramedic treated both men who were also airlifted to Nambour General Hospital.
That same day a 51-year-old Cooran man suffering a serious heart condition became isolated by flood waters. He was stabilised by the helicopter's flight doctor and paramedic before being airlifted to Nambour General Hospital.
She was later found safe and well by searchers on foot.
These missions combined have seen the AGL Action Rescue Helicopters based in both Maroochydore and Bundaberg clock up over 11 hours in the past two days - a figure generally flown by just one of the Service's helicopters in a week.
While the flood waters may have begun to recede, both AGL Action Rescue Helicopters remains on standby and ready fly anywhere in their primary operational area - spanning from south of Redcliffe, north to 1770 and from Fraser Island out to Kingaroy - within an hour.