An RACQ CareFlight Rescue team flew to the aid of a backpacker on Fraser Island in the early hours of Tuesday after she was suspected to have been bitten by a snake.
An RACQ CareFlight Rescue team flew to the aid of a backpacker on Fraser Island in the early hours of Tuesday after she was suspected to have been bitten by a snake. RACQ CareFlight Rescue

Backpacker flown off Fraser was not bitten by snake

UPDATE: A Hervey Bay Hospital spokesman says the patient had not been bitten by a snake and had been released later that day.

EARLIER: A backpacker believed to have been bitten by a snake on Fraser Island has been flown to Hervey Bay Hospital as a precaution in the early hours of Tuesday.

An RACQ CareFlight Rescue spokeswoman said the Bundaberg-based helicopter was tasked to Eurong on the island's east coast just after midnight to airlift the woman.

"While the patient didn't display signs of being invenomated, she was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital as a precaution," she said.

"It's the sixth snake bite case that RACQ CareFlight Rescue has responded to this month.

"On Saturday, another female backpacker was bitten by a snake at Gayndah.

"Last Wednesday, CareFlight airlifted two people bitten by snakes.

"The first was a woman gardening at her Goondiwindi home who was bitten on the foot by an unidentified snake species.

"The second was a man at Glenmorgan bitten on the back of his leg by what was believed to be a brown snake.

"Two earlier airlifts this month involved a boy who was airlifted from Noosa Hospital on the 14th of March and an elderly man who had been gardening at Miles on the 1st."

The spokeswoman said anyone who was bitten by a snake should limit body movement, apply a compression bandage to the bite area and call 000 immediately.
 



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