Two bike riders injured
A BIRTHDAY surprise turned into a disaster on the weekend when an Enoggera man came off a trail bike south of Rainbow Beach.
The crash about 11am on Sunday happened in the Freshwater area the day after the man’s birthday.
His brother had given the man, 29, a trail bike hire as a gift. While the pair rode together the man came off the bike and broke his lower right leg.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transport the man to Nambour General Hospital. Pilot Al Carstens said it was impossible to land directly at the scene.
Under the highly trained eye of crewman Jerm Cutelli, Flight Paramedic Brett Rogers was winched down to stabilise the man’s injuries.
Mr Rogers worked on the patient with a local ambulance crew. He then travelled with him in the ambulance while he was taken about three kilometres by road to the waiting helicopter at the junction of Freshwater and Rainbow Beach Roads.
The man was airlifted in a stable condition.
A day earlier the AGL helicopter was tasked to another motorbike crash. About 12pm on Saturday a Gympie man, 31, lost control of his bike while riding in Toolara State Forest. He broke his right leg and was treated on scene before being flown to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition.