First Rescue – 25 Years Ago

For the first time in history, on February 18th, the RACQ CapRescue crew completed their first rescue. A Paraplegic American Tourist who was tandem skydiving on Great Keppel Island, required transportation after he unfortunately broke his leg.

The mission was a great success, and the crew were later happy to hear that their first patient went on to make a full recovery.

The crew spent most of early 1996 island hopping along the east coast, performing a couple of rescues in the Gladstone region.

It wasn’t until August 1996 that the crew carried out their first Rockhampton rescue – the retrieval of a child who had fallen from a cliff at the foothills of the Berserker Ranges.

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