The third rescue Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Crew have undertaken in the last few months at Cape Byron, ended with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter winching a 15-year-old to safety after he and another young man were attempting to walk around the headland to Wategos.
The boy is reported to have fallen from a cliff face and the helicopter winched a critical care paramedic and doctor to the site at about 2pm on Saturday, where they treated and stabilised the boy who had a critical head injury.
The medical crew and patient were winched out from the base of the cliff and flown to Gold Coast University Hospital.
The Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Crew lowered a rescue operator to the second young man and secured him, before hauling him up the cliff after the helicopter had departed.
Other than shock the second young man was uninjured, but Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Crew members had to wait a long time with him until the helicopter rescue was complete, as the cliffs at that point are covered in loose shale that would have fallen onto the paramedics below.
It might appear easy to climb from the bottom, but the rock soon gives way to gravel and shale that even trained volunteers find difficult to negotiate, even at the end of a safety rope and wearing a harness.
There are currently no updates on the condition of the boy, who was operated on last night and is now heavily sedated as doctors wait for the swelling on his brain to subside.