LifeFlight has announced that its Land Rover LifeFlight Special Mission helicopter crew came to the aid of 10 people on Monday 1 March 2022, as it continues to support flood rescue efforts in northern New South Wales (NSW).
The first mission of the day included the rescue of a couple forced onto the roof of their home by the floods just south of Coraki, where they had remained overnight after their house was inundated. The pair were located by the LifeFlight crew that morning and were hoisted to safety via the helicopter’s rescue basket.
Welfare checks and medical transfers were also conducted by the helicopter crew for residents isolated from medical help by the floodwater, primarily in the vicinity of Mullumbimby, Woodburn and Kyogle.
This included multiple missions involving the airlifting of patients from their homes to nearby hospitals, as well as the administering of pre-hospital medical care to patients suffering from a range of potentially life-threatening conditions, including chest pains and asthma attacks.
The helicopter, which is usually based in Queensland, but was transferred to Ballina, NSW, to offer an emergency response support on behalf of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), as part of a wider multi-agency effort.
The Land Rover LifeFlight Special Mission helicopter crew previously announced that it rescued 19 people and a dog on Monday 28 February.