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Chopper rescues three from Richmond River

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has had a busy weekend, including helping rescue three people from a capsized boat in the Richmond River at Ballina on Sunday (June 3).

The chopper was called out at 3.30am Sunday morning after reports that a small boat had over turned on the river.

Three people were reported in the water.

The helicopter crew located the upturned vessel while the local jet boat crew performed the on-water rescue.

Mount Warning

Earlier the chopper was called to Mount Warning, where a bushwalker was said to be in trouble, but local emergency services were able to assist the person to walk out from the Mt Warning track.

Single-vehicle accident

On Saturday night the helicopter crew were called to a single motor vehicle incident near Atholwood east of Warialda.

The choppers’s medical team treated a 28-year-old male for serious injuries. He was transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition.

Head-on smash

And on Sunday afternoon, the helicopter was called out again, this time to a head-on collision between two cars near Copmanhurst, west of Grafton.

A 45-year-old female was treated on scene by the critical care medical team and transported to Lismore Base Hospital.

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