IMPORTANT SERVICE: RACQ's LifeFlight helicopters have visited the Fraser Coast to perform rescues at least once a week in 2016.
IMPORTANT SERVICE: RACQ's LifeFlight helicopters have visited the Fraser Coast to perform rescues at least once a week in 2016. Bev Lacey

LifeFlight flies to Fraser Island at least once a week

THERE are 52 families who can attest to RACQ Life Flight Rescue helicopter's value to the Fraser Coast.

As of December 18, Life Flight has flown 52 missions to Fraser Island in 2016.

Three of those occurred this past weekend.

A 26-year-old woman with a suspected fractured wrist, a one-year-old after a fall, and a 59-year-old man were airlifted by Life Flight to Hervey Bay Hospital in the space of 36 hours.

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When the Chronicle obtained its original figures a fortnight ago, Life Flight spokesman Ian Eckersley said crews responded to a spate of incidents, including poor health and injuries.

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifted a nine-month-old boy to Hervey Bay Hospital from Fraser Island. Photo Contributed
The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifted a nine-month-old boy to Hervey Bay Hospital from Fraser Island. Photo Contributed Contributed

Updated figures were obtained yesterday, which showed crews had flown at least six missions to the Island already this month.

"RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crews have rescued many patients on Fraser Island recently who have suffered various health problems or been injured in a variety of accidents ranging from a bus crash to a swimming incident," Mr Eckersley said.

"After airlifting 21 people from Fraser Island since the start of spring, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue urges holiday-makers and locals to stay safe when enjoying their summer holidays.

"While we never like to see anyone needing our help, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's skilled rescue crews will be ready to respond at a moment's notice."

Former army pilot Rowan Scholes made his maiden helicopter flight for the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue service as he airlifted a boy from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay Hospital.
Former army pilot Rowan Scholes made his maiden helicopter flight for the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue service as he airlifted a boy from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay Hospital. RACQLifeFlight

The Chronicle's Facebook page was flooded with comments on the weekend as to how Life Flight was a "waste of resources and money" and nothing more than "a joy flight" for patients.

The comments spurred the daughter of the 59-year-old man airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital on Saturday to speak up.

Candice Jasch initially contacted the Chronicle as her father awaited transport to the hospital after an alleged assault.

The rescue service has proven important to Ms Jasch's family - her brother-in-law Mark was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital after the car in which he was a passenger was wrapped around a power pole. A spokesman said the latter months of the year prove to be the busiest times for Life Flight.

Former army pilot Rowan Scholes made his maiden helicopter flight for the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue service as he airlifted a boy from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay Hospital.
Former army pilot Rowan Scholes made his maiden helicopter flight for the RACQ Lifeflight Rescue service as he airlifted a boy from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay Hospital. RACQLifeFlight

Crews flew 41 missions to Fraser Island in the second half of 2015 and has flown 34 missions in the same period this year.

Life Flight flew a total of 59 missions to Fraser Island in 2015.