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Woman airlifted from Mt Warning after fall

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed at Uki Oval on Friday (August 17) after airlifting a woman off Mt Warning. She was transferred to Murwillumbah Hospital for treatment. Photo WRHS

On Friday, August 17, a 61-year-old woman had to be airlifted from near the summit of Mt Warning (Wollumbin) after falling while climbing down the mountain with a relative.

The accident is the fourth on the mountain this year, including two in one week last month.

According to police, the woman fell at around 12.30pm approximately 400 metre from the summit at an area known as the ‘lower chains’.

The fall caused pain, such extreme swelling and soreness to her right ankle that she was unable to continue down the mountain.

The relative contacted emergency services who attended and set up a command post at the car park at the base of the Mountain.

Ambulance, VRA and SES personnel climbed the Mountain to the victim.

She was assessed by Ambulance and the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter was called in and winched the Victim into the helicopter.  She was air lifted her to the Uki show ground where she was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Murwillumbah Hospital in a stable condition for treatment.

Fishermen found

Around 7.30pm on Saturday night the helicopter was tasked by Aussar to search for a boat after a marine safety beacon was activated about three nautical miles east southeast of Evans Head.

The chopper identified a small fishing boat with three males on board having engine trouble.

Evans Head marine rescue attended and towed the boat back to Evans head where the men where treated for mild hypothermia by paramedics.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. The sooner the summit track on Wollumbin is closed for good the better, It is well known that traditional owners request people not go to the summit which is sacred to them.
    Perhaps it is time to start changing for rescue services on Wollumbin, the costs are very high and others must risk their lives to come to the aid of people who have neither the fitness or experience to exercise sound judgement. There is adequate signage at the bottom warning of difficulties of the track, why is the community footing the bill for those who choose to ignore the warnings, or overestimate their abilities.
    The tens thousands of dollars saved could be put to good use in many other ways.
    As much as I would like to stand on the summit and watch a sunrise, I have always felt it was important to honour the wishes go the traditional owners. It’s rugged country up there, it doesn’t brook fools, and neither should the community.

  2. What a shame a woman was injured on Mt Warning and rescue crews with a helicopter had to go to her aid. As the original people of this area have repeatedly requested that people NOT climb Mt Warning; perhaps it should be considered a gesture of respect to post a notice at the entrance to Mt Warning that should people decide NOT to honour this request…and need rescue if they are injured; they will be billed for the cost of that rescue.

    Enough already!

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