Elderly dad walked an hour to help trapped son
AN elderly man walked for an hour through rugged bushland to alert emergency services his son was trapped under a rolled All-Terrain Vehicle near Eungella.
The injured ATV driver, a 51-year-old Walkerston man, had been travelling through dense scrub on a property northwest of Eungella about 3pm Saturday when the vehicle rolled in a gully and he became pinned underneath.
His father, who was a passenger, wasn't injured and set off through the bush to raise the alarm.
RACQ CQ Rescue was given the exact co-ordinates of the accident scene and was able to land in a grassy clearing within 500 metres of the crash site about 5pm.
A doctor, Critical Care Paramedic and rescue crewman on board the aircraft also walked through dense bushland and long grass to the gully where the crash happened, a CQ Rescue spokeswoman said.
They were assisted by a neighbouring farmer with his ATV, and were able to free the man from the overturned vehicle.
"The medical crew determined quickly that moving the man, who had suffered a serious compound fracture of the leg, back through the thick scrub and long grass on a stretcher would take significant time and cause the patient great discomfort," CQ Rescue said.
"The Mackay-based rescue helicopter crew therefore decided a stretcher winch would be the most suitable and safest means of retrieving the patient from the accident scene.
"The helicopter hovered overhead and the patient was winched up on a stretcher accompanied by the Critical Care Paramedic."
The helicopter landed in an adjacent paddock about 1.5km from the crash scene so that the patient could be further treated by the aircraft paramedic and ambulance officers, the spokeswoman said.
The RACQ CQ Rescue doctor and rescue crewman had to walk the 1.5km back to meet the aircraft.
RACQ CQ Rescue left Eungella about 6.20pm and arrived at Mackay Base Hospital by 7pm with the patient in a stable condition.