Shoalwater Bay
Shoalwater Bay

Two soldiers had trauma to legs and arms after incident

1.30pm: TWO men were transported by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service from Shoalwater Bay last night.

A spokeswoman said the service was tasked to the military training area at 11.40pm.

The service transported two men, aged 23 and 31, with trauma to legs and arms, to the Rockhampton Hospital.

A doctor and intensive care paramedic were onboard during the transport and the helicopter landed at the hospital at 2.02am.

12.10pm: THREE Australian Army members were injured during a live fire exercise at the Shoalwater Bay training area in Queensland last night.

The incident occurred at about 10.30pm and involved the firing of an illumination round from an Army M777A2 Howitzer.

The soldiers received immediate first aid from medical personnel, who were in attendance for the exercise.

Two of the soldiers were air lifted to a local hospital by civilian air ambulance, with the third soldier transported to by civilian road ambulance.

Two soldiers are in a serious condition, while the third soldier is in a stable condition.  Due do medical confidentiality, Defence will not provide any further information about the soldiers, or details regarding their injuries.

The soldiers' next of kin have been informed and Defence is providing support to the members and their families.

The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) has commenced an investigation and will be liaising with the Queensland Police Service.

As investigations are ongoing, it would be inappropriate for Defence to comment further or speculate on the cause of the incident.


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