Music festival 'drug overdose' fear as pair go to hospital
SUNDAY 6PM: TWO men were flown from Great Keppel Island's Sunset Sessions music festival in a serious condition from suspected drug overdoses on Saturday.
Paramedics on scene at the island started treating the patients aabout 12.11pm and the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Service left base at 12.29pm.
The chopper rescue team reported that the two men in their 20s had suffered a suspected drug overdose.
A marquee was set up on the beach near where cones were placed for the helicopter to land as the men were treated by ground-based paramedics.
The helicopter's on-board critical care paramedic and doctor also assisted with further treatment.
It was some time before the men were taken into the helicopter.
Island staff directed beachgoers to steer clear of the area where the helicopter was landing and leaving.
Both patients were taken to Rockhampton Hospital for further examination and treatment.
They were in a serious condition for the duration of the flight.
Several hundred people had gathered on the grounds out the front of Great Keppel Island's Hideaway for the music festival Acts included All Class, Jamie White, Drux, Callum Lynch, Maddi and the Hoopers, Candyflip, Silky Fuzz, Kinder, Amastro and Odd Mob. Guests came from as far as Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Canberra. The weather turned it on for festival goers with perfect sunshine and minimal wind. The ambulance service reported no further incidents on the day at the island. Police had a presence at the island for the festival. Officers from Yeppoon, Emu Park and Rockhampton, as well as the Capricornia tactical crime squad, attended as were water police officers from the Whitsundays, Gladstone and Yeppoon. "No arrests were made during the event, however there were a small number of people who were evicted from the event and transferred back to the mainland by police," a police spokesperson said yesterday. "No reports of any major anti-social or violent behaviour was recorded by police."
SATURDAY 3PM: The RACQ Capricorn Rescue helicopter was tasked to Great Keppel Island just after midday.
Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed two patients were transferred to Rockhampton with "suspected substance abuse".
Great Keppel Island is currently hosting the Sunset Sessions dance party and hundreds are in attendance.
A Morning Bulletin reporter is on the island and said the main beach was cleared while the helicopter landed and collected the patient.