The Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew has winched a woman to safety, after she reportedly fell at least seven metres down a cliff in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
It’s believed the woman, aged in her 40s, was walking with a friend at a popular waterfall, when she slipped and plunged several metres, before landing on a ledge.
The rescue chopper was called to assist, just before 11am today (Sunday, 4th December), as part of the multi-agency effort to rescue the woman.
Due to the difficult to access terrain, it was decided it was safest to winch the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctor and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Flight Paramedic down to the patient.
Local QAS paramedics and Queensland Fire and Emergency personnel (QFES) were also on the ground, assisting the injured walker.
At the scene, the medical team treated her for head and spinal injuries before she was secured into a stretcher and carried through bushland to a clearing nearby.
She and the Critical Care Doctor were then hoisted up into the helicopter, hovering above.
The QAS Flight Paramedic was also winched back to the aircraft.
The patient was flown to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.