Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RACQ LifeFlight Australia Bell 412EP VH-XCK "Rescue 566" Calls into Rockhampton Base Hospital - Plus Some Videos of the Old and New Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Using the Hospital Heli-pad

On Tuesday 19 September, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bell 412EP VH-XCK was noted landing on the roof of the Rockhampton Base Hospital after flying in from near Rolleston with victims of a nasty car crash.

VH-XCK is normally based at Roma Airport and uses the radio callsign of "Rescue 566"

After completing the patient transfer at the Base Hospital, VH-XCK was believed to have briefly called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it departed directly back to Roma Airport.

Meanwhile, local plane spotter Daniel B, who happens to work at Rockhampton Base Hospital, has shared with us a couple of nice videos featuring the new and old helipad at the Rockhampton Base Hospital, as well as the new and old RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) helicopters.

The newer CHRS (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR is shown arriving on the helipad recently as "Rescue 300".

While the older CHRS (Jayrow Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-JRD is shown in 2014 arriving onto the old helipad at Rockhampton Base Hospital again as "Rescue 300".

It's a nice reminder about how vital these helicopter rescue services are to the communities which they serve.

Here in Central Queensland, both the RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) and the Mackay-based RACQ-Central Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service (CQ Rescue) are valuable services that both serve vast areas of CQ. Donations are welcomed all year round. For more details on their Annual Appeal or on Rescue Chopper Day, please visit their websites:

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue:

CQ Rescue:

While the RACQ Lifeflight website is at:

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