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A man has been rescued after a week stranded in a hut at Newton Boyd, west of Grafton.

A 79-year-old man has been rescued from remote bushland over the weekend.

Officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Police District were informed about 5.30pm on Saturday 7 August, that the man was missing after failing to return from a trail ride on his horse over a week ago.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Critical Care Medical Team searched the remote area and trails within the Newton Boyd area. The man was located at a hut at Newton Boyd, west of Grafton, and owing to the terrain, the Critical Care Paramedic was winched to the ground.

The male was safe, well and uninjured. He  was winched out of the location and flown to Old Dalmorton School where police waited for him.

The man said he had run out of supplies at the hut but could not leave the area owing to the rising level of a nearby river.

Police say they have no information about the man’s horse.


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