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Jun

GME PLB Attributed to Rescue of Man Gored by Bull

In the early hours of Monday the 6th of June 2016, an elderly man from Pinnacle, Central Queensland activated his GME MT410G Personal Locator Beacon after being savagely gored by a feral bull.

The 66-year-old was working alone on his property at Teemburra Dam when he was attacked by the wild, unbranded bull.

Suffering from serious injuries to his leg, arm, head and back, the man made an attempt to drive himself home, however due to the severity of his injuries was forced to pull over and activate his GME Personal Locator Beacon.

Mirani and Finch Hatton Police were the first responders to reach the by now unconscious 66-year-old and administered first aid with the Central Queensland Rescue helicopter en route to their location.

The critically injured man was airlifted to the Mackay Base Hospital for further treatment.

Police have praised the actions of the Pinnacle man for having the foresight to carry a GPS equipped PLB which enabled search authorities to locate and rescue him in a timely manner.

The Pioneer Valley Police Department will be launching an awareness initiative regarding the use of Personal Locator Beacons and the free hire of beacons in the Pioneer Valley area where mobile phone coverage is limited.