Elderly man lucky to be rescued from 30 metre fall
UPDATE: MORE details have come to light regarding the rescue of an elderly man at Tumbulgum last night.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter paramedic Rolan Murcott said the 91 year old man was very lucky to have been rescued when he was.
“We were called at around 5.30pm to a very isolated area at Tumbulgum,” he said.
“The man was mowing his lawn on a small tractor ride on mower when the wheel slipped and he lost control and rolled over the 30 metre embankment.
“He was found by a nurse who just happened to turn up at his house.”
Mr Murcott said it was remarkable that she turned up when she did as the outcome for the man could have been much worse, where he could have spent the night at the bottom of the embankment.
“Local paramedics scrambled down the embankment and stabilised him and the Tweed VRA set up a hauling litter, putting him in a special stretcher,” he said.
“We were called in due to the precarious situation he was in.
“We carry blood products with us and were able to stabilise the man before removing him from the embankment.
“It was a very technical extraction and some great team work between the VRA, paramedics and police.”
Mr Murcott said the rescue took about 30-40 minutes and the man was then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital which took 10 minutes compared to a 45 minute ambulance ride.
“He had a compound fractured femur and pelvic injuries,” he said.
“He also suffered multiple cuts and abrasions.
“He was in a lot of pain but he was very stoic.”
INITIAL: A 91 year old man was taken to hospital last night after falling down an embankment while mowing his lawn.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to Tumbulgum around 5.30pm yesterday to rescue the man who had multiple injuries.
“The man suffered a fractured pelvis and multiple injuries,” a helicopter spokes”man said.
“A medical crew was winched in but the man was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital by ambulance.
“I don’t know the meterage of the embankment but it was a long way down.”