Graphic: Mungerannie burns victim

RFDS retrieves critical ‘bore’ burns victim from the Birdsville Track

Date published

15 Sep 2017
Mungerannie burns victim

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has retrieved an Adelaide man who suffered severe burns after falling into a hot artesian bore near Mungerannie in the SA outback, 800 kilometres north of Adelaide.

Mungerannie, on the Birdsville Track, sits above the Great Artesian Basin, with bores drilled into the earth to access the water below. Temperatures at the hot spring are said to reach around 90 degrees Celsius.

The Adelaide man had been touring the area in a convoy of 4WD vehicles with friends, who conducted textbook First Aid and quickly raised an alert by activating an emergency beacon.

The first RFDS team to respond was a Port Augusta crew already flying in the region to deliver a regular fly-in GP health clinic. The aircraft diverted and the RFDS Doctor and Nurse attended to the patient, who was in a critical condition.

The RFDS crew spent almost two hours stabilising the patient on the ground while a second RFDS aircraft and crew accompanied by a MedSTAR team departed the RFDS Adelaide Base.

Upon arrival the retrieval team prepared the man for his two-hour flight back to the RFDS Adelaide Base and subsequent transfer to the Burns Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The man, who has second-degree burns to over 80 percent of his body, is now in a stable condition.