A rescue chopper has performed an extraordinary after-dark landing on the beach to rescue an injured surfer at South Stradbroke Island.
It’s believed the man was in the water when he was struck on the back of the head by a surfboard and knocked unconscious around 4.30pm on Saturday.
Fellow surfers managed to take him ashore at the southern end of North Stradbroke Island and call for help.
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The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked on the mission, with the chopper landing on the beach with the Critical Care Doctor and Queensland Ambulance Service Flight Paramedic on board.
They treated the injured surfer on the scene while the helicopter continued to hover nearby before it landed again just after sunset when the man was stabilised.
The man, aged in his fifties, was then flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.