Gold Coast team of medicos bringing injured Australians home from Vanuatu

Ten Australians are expected to be airlifted to the Gold Coast and Brisbane from Vanuatu on Tuesday after they were involved in a deadly crash.

It is believed some of the injured are elderly, they’d been passengers on a P & O cruise ship when the bus they were on collided with another carrying local residents.  Two locals were killed in the accident.

Michael Smith from Gold Coast-based Medical Rescue Air Ambulance says they’ve already sent one team to Vanuatu to collect the injured.


The first Air Ambulance was due to land in Port Vila at 8:30AM.  Mr Smith said his medical teams will assess the injured, stabilise them and bring them back to Brisbane hospitals.

He said “we’ve been contracted to send over two aircraft today, with full intensive care teams to bring back a total of four patients to Brisbane and the Gold Coast”.

The second Air Ambulance is due to fly out later today and will bring back two more patients.

Mr Smith said they are prepared for situations like this, “we do this on a weekly basis, obviously not a mass casualty situation which is a good thing, but we are a local Gold Coast company and have been doing air ambulance repatriations for over ten years now”.