Rider will have shoulder surgery
A 56-YEAR-OLD man is expected to have surgery on his left shoulder after he was thrown from his motorbike on the beach at Bangalee.
The rider hit an object in the sand and went over the handlebars, landing awkwardly and at speed on Friday night.
Paramedics stabilised him and gave him painkillers.
They feared that he might have suffered severe spinal damage.
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue team was scrambled from Rockhampton and lifted the accident victim from the beach and flew him to Rockhampton Hospital.
Crewman Brad Nagy said the patient was in considerable pain.
“Driving him up the beach would have caused him a lot of discomfort which is why the chopper was called,” he said.
“It looked like he might have spinal injuries.”
The Morning Bulletin was told by a family member yesterday that the man had been released from hospital but would require surgery on his shoulder.