Helicopter Missions

Two men airlifted after separate snake attacks in single day

Thursday 6 July Darwin 

CareFlight airlifted two men to hospital following separate snake bite incidents in the Northern Territory earlier this week.

A 52-year-old man had been swimming at the bottom of popular a tourist location, Florence Falls, in Litchfield National Park on Tuesday morning, when he was suspected to have suffered a snake bite.

Batchelor Clinic staff transported the man to a local airstrip where he was met by CareFlight’s King Air turbo-prop aircraft, with a flight nurse and a flight doctor on board. He was flown to Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable condition.

A few hours later CareFlight’s Top End Rescue helicopter was called to a second attack in the Litchfield region.

The 49-year-old was initially treated at the Batchelor Clinic after a snake bit him on the hand.

CareFlight’s doctor and nurse treated the man for a Taipan bite. They provided ongoing care as he was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital in a serious but stable condition for ongoing treatment.

CareFlight operates the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.