Queensland storm fatality: Bystanders performed CPR on man

Ellen Foulds captured this image of trees down at Scarness Park during Friday night's storm.
Ellen Foulds captured this image of trees down at Scarness Park during Friday night's storm.

UPDATE 11.15AM: BYSTANDERS performed CPR on a man who was killed by a falling tree in Hervey Bay after storms lashed the region.

A 68-year-old Narangba man was hit on the head at the Scarness Beach Front Caravan Park just before 7.30pm.

Hervey Bay Ambulance Station officer-in-charge Helen Donaldson said it appeared the tree had fallen on him.

"On paramedics arrival the patient was receiving CPR from bystanders," she said.

The man was taken to hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.

It was an unusually busy night for paramedics who evoked contingency plans to attend the dozens of callouts received.

Two people who were struck by lightning in Hervey Bay are believed to be recovering well.

Ms Donaldson urged people to take precautions with storms expected to hit the Fraser Coast about midday on Saturday.

"During storms please take safe shelter, please try not to go out and look about while the storms are happening because you have a higher risk of injury," she said.

UPDATE: A Narangba man has died after a severe thunderstorm impacted the Hervey Bay area last night.

Around 7.30pm, the 68-year-old man was struck by a falling tree branch at a caravan park on Charlton Esplanade in Scarness, severely injuring him.

He was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital, but was declared deceased upon arrival.

The tragedy happened at the Beachfront Caravan Park.

The man was in his caravan when the tree fell, hitting him on the head.

The man suffered serious head injuries and had to be revived at the scene.

He later died in hospital.

A spokeswoman from the Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed the man's death.



Posted by Sonja Felton on Friday, January 29, 2016


EARLIER: A man has been taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a falling tree at the Beachfront Caravan Park in Scarness.

Paramedics were called to the scene just before 7.30pm.

They were performing CPR at the scene.

Another man is en route to hospital after being hit on the head by a falling ladder in Aldershot.

There are a number of trees down around the Hervey Bay area.

Police are urging motorists to drive to the conditions.

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