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The 55-year-old man is stablised before being transported to helicopter to Brisbane. (supplied)
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A 55-year-old man was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital yesterday after falling off his horse in a remote area near Tenterfield.

The rider suffered suspected spinal and leg injuries after the horse rolled onto him on  a steep hillside.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to retrieve the man but poor telephone and radio coverage in the area around 9am but had trouble finding the the location.

An ambulance crew on the ground eventually located the rider but again the radio coverage made it difficult to communicate with the helicopter crew.

Using local knowledge, the helicopter crew was able to eventually find the injured rider and the helicopter landed in a paddock nearby.

A doctor and paramedic assisted the ambulance crew in treating the injured man before he was transported by the helicopter to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. The flight took around 40 minutes.

 


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