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A man has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering burns on a yacht at Ballina on Christmas Eve.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the yacht in the Richmond River after the vessel made contact with power lines, resulting in a 67-year-old male sustaining burns.

The chopper’s critical medical team and local NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man for burns.

He was then flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital burns unit for further treatment.

Flying fox fall

On Christmas Day the helicopter was tasked to a rural property near Chillingham after reports that a 12-year-old girl had suffered head injuries after falling from a flying fox.

Local NSWA Paramedics and the helicopter critical care medical team have stabilised the girl.

She was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical but stable condition.


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