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Bushwalker dislocates shoulder after Scenic Rim mountain fall


A bushwalker has been rescued after he was injured while trekking up a popular mountain in the Scenic Rim.

The man was holding onto a tree while on his solo walk, when he lost his footing on some gravel, causing him to fall and dislocate his shoulder.

The Toowoomba's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew was sent to the area just after 10am yesterday.

The man, aged in his 50s, was wearing green and black clothing, making it extremely challenging for the aeromedical crew to spot him in the dense bushland.

"We totally understand that it's not something people would generally think about, but wearing bright coloured clothing when hiking, or having something colourful to wave and attract attention, is very helpful in a situation like this," RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircrew officer Wayne Clifford says.

The crew was able to make contact with the patient via text messages, due to poor mobile phone reception, making calls difficult.

With the help of the text message exchange, the crew was then able to zero in on the man's location.

Due to the rugged terrain and lack of a safe landing area, it was decided the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Flight Paramedic on board the helicopter would be lowered down to the patient.

The QAS Flight Paramedic treated the man and secured his arm into a sling, before the pair was winched up into the helicopter.

The man was flown to the Toowoomba base before being taken by ambulance to Toowoomba Hospital.


Image: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue