It has been a busy weekend for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, aside from the launch of its Hell on Wheels fundraiser on Saturday.
Just after 3pm yesterday a woman received a suspected spinal injury after landing head-first on a sandbank while surfing at Main Beach, Evans Head.
The woman was stabilised at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being flown to the Spinal Unit at the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane.
In the early hours of Saturday morning the helicopter rescued a burns victim at a property at Pumpenbil.
The chopper had responded to reports of a 46-year-old man suffering severe burns after a gas explosion in a house on the property in the Brays Creek area northwest of Murwillumbah.
The man was stabilised at the scene by local paramedics and helicopter medical crew before being transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital.
A helicopter spokesperson said the use of night-vision goggles greatly assisted the crew.