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An injured bushwalker will be be winched out of bushland north of Murwillumbah this morning.

The 60-year-old man called 000 about 4pm yesterday, after he fell and injured his leg while walking in bushland near Tomewin, about 12 kilometres north of Murwillumbah.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Lismore was sent  to the scene but the crew was unable to penetrate the canopy to reach the man.

A team of police, NSW Ambulance paramedics and local volunteers took three hours to reach the injured man by walking through the bush.

He was stabilised and left on site overnight with emergency personnel.

The plan is to stretcher the man to a clearing where the helicopter will then winch him to safety.

The helicopter is expected on site about 9am.

 


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