A Nimbin farmer had a lucky escape, with light burns, after a burn-off at his property got out of control yesterday (Monday, August 28).
Roger Fry of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter told Echonetdaily the original 000 call said the man had been injured in an explosion, ‘but it turned out to be a runaway fire’, he said.
‘The poor guy was burning off and suddenly found himself surrounded by the fire and had to run through it to safety.’
Although the helicopter attended the incident, the man was transported from his property at Tuntable Creek by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital yesterday afternoon suffering minor burns.
Mr Fry said the helicopter was also initially called to a house at Iluka, where a man had fallen during renovations – but again was called off as his injuries were minor.
The chopper was also called upon to search for a missing man suffering dementia at Yamba but failed to find him from the air.