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UPDATE: Helicopter winches up injured mountain bike rider – Noosa News

UPDATE 12.45PM: RACQCapricorn Helicopter Rescue Service have provided greater detail on this morning’s rescue operation.

They said RACQ Capricorn Rescue were tasked to a Primary Winch on one of the many mountain bike trails of Mt Archer.

They were attending to a male patient in his 40s who had fallen from his mountain bike and was suffering from suspected spinal injuries.

The rescue helicopter winched a Rescue Crewman and Critical Care Paramedic into the dense bushland who were met by QAS who assisted the flight crew in assessing and stabilising the patient.

Once stabilised the patient and flight crew were safely winched out of the site and flown to the Rockhampton Base Hospital for further scans and treatment.

The patient was stable throughout the flight.

UPDATE 10.30AM: QUEENSLAND Ambulance have confirmed the successful winch rescue of an injured mountain bike rider from the First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service this morning.

They said the helicopter rescue operation was necessary given the inaccessibility of the terrain, the nature of the patient’s injuries and the length of time that it would have taken to transport the man by stretcher.

The man was transported to Rockhampton Hospital with unknown injuries.

INITIAL: THE RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue is currently circling above the First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve near to Mount Archer, attempting to rescue an injured mountain bike rider.

Queensland Ambulance were called to Pilbeam Drive at 8.37am, responding to reports that a man in his 40s had crashed his bike at the mountain bike tracks.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue is currently attempting to rescue an injured mountain bike rider from the First Turkey mountain bike reserve.

He had reportedly was travelling at speed when he crashed off a 2-3m high ramp and was knocked out.

He has regained consciousness but was believed to be unable to mobilise hands and was suffering from possible spinal injuries.

Due to the inaccessibility of the area, paramedics and critical care officers were travelling on foot towards the crash site via German St while the Rescue Helicopter hovered above.

More to follow.