Man airlifted to hospital after fencing mishap
By ADAM HICKS
A GREVILLIA man stood calmly yesterday with a chainsaw embedded above his left ankle.
"Can you come over, I can't get the chainsaw out of my leg," he called to Julie Walters, who was working with alpacas across the road.
The contract fencer was working at Ripples on the Creek restaurant and alpaca farm at Gradys Creek, north of Kyogle, when his chainsaw kicked back and cut into him around 4pm.
Mrs Walters, co-owner of the farm, said the man barely flinched.
"He was just standing there holding the chainsaw that was stuck in his leg," she said. "He was very calm, so relaxed, he wasn't showing any signs.
"Honestly, this guy was tough."
Mrs Walters raced to call an ambulance, while the chainsaw motor was detached from the blade to lessen the weight on the wound.
A picnic umbrella from the verandah of the restaurant was used to shade the man until help arrived.
"He just sat there holding the blade like he was on a lunch break," Mrs Walters said.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was the first emergency crew on the scene.
Pilot Matt Walton said the man's response surprised the crew. "He was a tough fella. Just unlucky," he said.
The man was airlifted, with the chain still in his leg, to the Lismore Base Hospital for surgery. He was reported in a stable condition last night.
Mrs Walters said the man was an experienced tradesman, building a post and rail fence.
"He was very proficient. The fence is absolutely gorgeous," she said.