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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter hovering over Minyon Falls. Image supplied

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Late in the afternoon the chopper was called to Minyon Falls, southwest of Mullumbimby, to locate a bushwalker reported to have suffered an injury whilst walking the track at the base of the falls.

The helicopter critical care medical team were winched into an area approximately 100 metres from the base of the falls.

The medical team located a 37-year-old female walker approximately 2.5kms from the carpark and treated her for lower leg injuries.

The patient and medical team were recovered by winch from the remote area.

The walker was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital where her condition was reported as stable.

Horse-rider injury

Earlier in the afternoon the helicopter was called to Lennox Head following reports that a 47-year-old female horse rider had been injured by her horse.

A local road 4WD Ambulance vehicle subsequently accessed the beach and treated the rider for her injuries.

The helicopter landed on a nearby football oval and  transported the patient to Gold Coast University Hospital, where she is reported to be in a stable condition.


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