Outback Emergency Crew Values RRT Aid after Emu Accident
When Nigel, a member of the PBCC from central western New South Wales, came across a tragedy while on a family outing, he knew what needed to be done.
What he saw, in the mid-afternoon, had been an emergency situation since mid-morning. Two motorcyclists had been riding along beside the Sydney-Perth railway line, not far from Mount Hope, when an emu ran in front of them and caused an accident.
In outback regions of Australia, Emus are a constant hazard to vehicles, as they weigh up to 55kg, and stand over 1.6 metres fully grown. Able to run at speeds over 60 km/h, they can surprise motorists and cause disastrous accidents.
One man was critically injured, and his companion had to ride 10km to call for help.
Emergency services including a paramedic arrived on the scene after being called from Lake Cargelligo at 11.30am. For the next 4 hours they worked to save the injured man’s life as they transported him slowly back towards Lake Cargelligo hospital. They called up a helicopter and rendezvoused at the site.
They had no food or water, in temperatures of over 30°C and were in a remote location between the accident site and the hospital, when RRT operative Nigel came across them. To add to the drama one of the ambulance crew had actually fainted through lack of food and water. It shows their dedication to the job.
Nigel arranged for refreshments for the emergency crew.
Unfortunately, the accident had proved too serious, and the injuries were fatal, so the ambulance had to start on its way back towards the hospital at Lake Cargelligo 40kms away, before the RRT had time to get there with refreshments.
The RRT met them 20 kilometres outand provided refreshments at approximately 5.00pm, for which the crew were very thankful. While the RRT wasn’t on the scene earlier this time, the ambulance crews will know where to turn in similar cases in the future.