Topics:  accident, agl action rescue helicopter, emergency services, gladstone flood

Floods force Miriam Vale ambos to call in the chopper

A Mt Tom man, trapped by floodwaters, is transported to Bundaberg Base Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter. Photo Contributed
A Mt Tom man, trapped by floodwaters, is transported to Bundaberg Base Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter. Photo Contributed Contributed

THEY'VE got through by boat, in 4WDs, and even on foot - but now the floods have forced Miriam Vale Ambulance Service officers to call in the chopper.

Emergency services were called out to a 65-year-old Mount Tom man on Monday, who was suffering dizziness, heart and blood pressure.

But the road ambulance couldn't reach his home, due to floodwater in the Three Mile Creek on Bindaree Rd.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was alerted, and set off from Bundaberg, reaching the patient less than an hour after he called 000.

The chopper landed on his property, and intensive care paramedics delivered immediate treatment.

The patient was then airlifted to the Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

It's the rescue helicopter's 13th flood-related call-out in just eight days.

Terry Shelley is the officer in charge at the Miriam Vale Ambulance Station, and he said the support was appreciated as floods continued to make access difficult.

"The floods definitely mean life's a bit more interesting, trying to retrieve patients from isolated homes and towns - so it's good that the emergency services can all work together." he said.

He said his officers had carried out rescues by various methods since the floods first hit in January.

Last week they teamed up with the local SES to save a 10-year-old girl after she broke her leg in the floods.


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