QUICK ACTION: A man in his 70s had a heart attack when he was racing at the Bundy Turfburners event on Sunday. John Wood took these photos of the medical staff's quick action.
QUICK ACTION: A man in his 70s had a heart attack when he was racing at the Bundy Turfburners event on Sunday. John Wood took these photos of the medical staff's quick action. John Wood

Man suffers heart attack during lawn mower racing competition

UPDATE: A WITNESS says a man who had a heart attack while lawn mower racing would not have survived if it wasn't for the actions of St John Ambulance volunteers.

"He was dead when St John's, who always attend, got to him,” he told the NewsMail said.

The man, in his 70s, was competing in the Bundy Turf Burners event at Bullyard on Sunday when he suffered a heart attack and fell off his mower.

Race organiser Julie Sanderson said having volunteers from St John Ambulance at Bundy Turf Burners events was a must and racing wouldn't happen without them.

Mrs Sanderson said the St John volunteers, helped by an off-duty paramedic in the crowd, had responded swiftly.

"It was a team effort as everyone pitched in and waited for the helicopter to arrive to transport the elderly man.”

Before the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter - with a critical care doctor on board - landed at a nearby school oval, Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and treated the man at the scene.

He was airlifted in a critical but stable condition.

Mrs Sanderson thanked people who had rung to pass on well-wishes for the man.

She said that, other than the emergency, the day had gone well.

"We had 35 riders from around Queensland and seven go-carts attend,” she said.

The annual Fathers' Day event was being run as a fundraiser for a local children's charity but it is not yet known how much was raised.

QUICK ACTION: A man in his 70s had a heart attack when he was racing at the Bundy Turfburners event on Sunday. John Wood took these photos of the quick action by the medical staff including St John Ambulance.
QUICK ACTION: A man in his 70s had a heart attack when he was racing at the Bundy Turfburners event on Sunday. John Wood took these photos of the quick action by the medical staff including St John Ambulance. John Wood

EARILER: THE Bundy Turfburners Mower Racing came to a stand still yesterday after a man had a heart attack during a ride-on mower race.

The man, in his 70s, was competing during the organised event when he suffered the attack and fell off his lawn mower.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifted the man after the attack during a ride-on lawn mower racing competition near Bullyard, approximately 30 km west of Bundaberg yesterday afternoon.

Event first-aid responders and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics treated the man at the scene before the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter - with a critical care doctor on board - landed at a nearby school oval.

He was airlifted in a critical but stable condition to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

The local Fathers' Day event was being run as a fundraiser for a local children's charity.



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