Woman saved in dramatic night rescue at Minyon Falls

A WOMAN is recovering after being hurt at Minyon Falls.

The woman had to be carried 4km over hazardous and rocky terrain at night from Minyon Falls in a dramatic rescue.

The 43-year-old woman had been at the base of Minyon Falls with her 11-year-old daughter on Tuesday night when she slipped and fell.

Emergency services, including the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, were tasked to help the unconscious woman, who was suffering hypothermia and leg and hip injuries.

The helicopter lit the area and helped in the initial search, but was unable to winch the woman out due to hazardous terrain.

It took four hours for police rescue, ambulance access paramedics and VRA and SES members to carry the woman to the Minyon Grass car park.

The woman was taken to the Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Specialist helicopter paramedic Rolan Murcott said the rescue required a lot of co-ordination and planning.

"It was a great combined effort of all our emergency services who came together," he said.

Mr Murcott also applauded the 11-year-old for phoning 000.

Richmond LAC police inspector Nicole Bruce said rescues from national parks were common.

"Unfortunately police are called there several times a year for similar incidents," she said.

"We've assessed if there is any prospect to reduce the incidents, however due to the terrain and natural environment, these are going to occur. We just urge people to be very cautious there and be prepared for all circumstances."



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