Flames engulf men on property

TWO men have suffered serious burns on a property near Gympie this morning after a routine farming job went wrong.

The men, believed to be a father and son, were working on their property north west of Gympie when the accident occurred.

The pair were refueling a chainsaw when the petrol ignited, engulfing the men in flames. Colleagues at the property acted quickly, taking the men to a nearby dam to cool them off as quickly as possible.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was rushed to the scene at 9:35am and met road paramedics treating the men at the homestead.

“At this stage, we are unsure what caused the petrol to ignite” said AGL Action Rescue crewman Scott Reeman “Flight paramedic Michael Kerr and the attending road paramedics treated the men on scene before we airlifted both of them to Royal Brisbane Hospital. A 25 year old male has suffered both partial and full thickness burns to over 30 % of his body and is in a serious condition. The older male has serious burns to his hands.”

This was, already, the second mission for the community rescue helicopter today.

Earlier this morning the AGL Action Rescue helicopter was called out to a motor vehicle accident at Baffle Creek, south east of Miriam Vale after a 21 year old male lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree.

The man suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and lacerations to his body. A road ambulance team treated the man on scene before taking him to Wartburg oval to meet the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter at 3:30am this morning.

Rescue Pilot Wayne Thompson rushed the man to Bundaberg hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

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