chooperIt has been a busy morning for Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, commencing around 6am this morning when tasked to transfer a patient from Lismore to Brisbane.
 
Pilot Lynton Beggs and his crew transported the 20-year-old male patient from Lismore Base Hospital to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after his left ear was bitten off during an altercation in Byron Bay overnight.

The severed ear was also transported by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in an ice-box.
 
While returning from the inter-hospital transfer to Brisbane, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was then tasked to a truck accident on a private road approximately 5 kilometres south-west of Kyogle, where a truck had overturned and rolled while trying to negotiate a steep dirt road. 

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter winched intensive care paramedics Andrew Osborne and Glen Eady down to assist the trapped truck driver, managing to stabilise the patient while police and SES crews worked to free him from the wreckage.

The middle-aged driver remained trapped for approximately 45 minutes before being winched over 30m in difficult conditions, by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. 

The man was then flown to Lismore by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, where he is being treated for suspected spinal injuries at Lismore Base Hospital.
 
Pilot: Lynton Beggs
Rescue Crew: Steve von Bratt
Patient care: NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedics Glen Eady and Andrew Osborne.