Fishers caught out on rocks

By HELEN JACK

TWO rock fishermen were caught out on Saturday night when the incoming tide and heavy surf cut off their exit from rocks at the base of a 30-metre cliff on the southern side of Lennox Headland.

The fishermen raised the alarm when they realised they were unable to clamber to safety.

Police from Lismore and Ballina responded to the call and found the stranded fishermen but were unable to reach them.

Officers then called the Westpac Rescue Helicopter which they helped guide to a small rock ledge above the water line where the fishermen were waiting.

An ambulance paramedic was winched from the helicopter to the stranded fishermen.

Both men were lifted clear of the cliff face to waiting police above and were assessed by ambulance officers.

They were not injured during the ordeal.



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