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Police divers will resume a search of Clarrie Hall Dam near Uki this morning for a 76-year-old kayaker who went missing at the weekend.

The man’s kayak was found during a search by police and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter on Saturday.

The search was part of busy Saturday afternoon for the helicopter which responded to two other incidents.

Just before the kayaker search at about 1pm, the helicopter had been called to Brunswick Heads after a small boat capsized at the mouth of the Brunswick River, leaving its three occupants stranded in the water.

Two ambulances and police also raced to the scene with vehicles going to either side of the river mouth.

Ambulance NSW Brunswick Valley zone’s Inspector Greg Powell said paramedics assessed one person on the river’s north wall and the other two people managed to get out of the water on the southern side of the river.

None of the people needed to be taken to hospital and the capsized boat was towed by the new Marine rescue craft to the local harbour.

Then at around 2.30pm during the kayaker search, the helicopter was called to airlift a trail bike rider who was injured when attempting a 10-metre jump while riding at the Tabbimoble Nature Reserve at Bungawalbin south of Woodburn.

When the crew landed they found the 24-year-old man on the ground suffering leg, chest, abdominal and suspected spinal injuries.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

 


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