Walker airlifted from Mt Warning

A MAN who dislocated his knee while climbing Mt Warning yesterday was airlifted to the Tweed Hospital.

The 22-year-old Currumbin Waters man set off up the mountain with a group of friends about 2am, where they planned to watch the sunrise.

On their way back down from the summit, about 7am, emergency services were called with reports the man had dislocated his left knee. It is understood he had previously suffered a sporting injury to that leg.

An ambulance spokesman said that ambulance paramedics from Murwillumbah climbed Mt Warning and treated the man at the scene, about 200 metres from the summit.

They reached the patient about 9am, saying he was 'comfortable' when they arrived.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter from Lismore was called, but due to the rough terrain on the mountain it was unable to land.

Helicopter intensive care paramedic Kim Hanlon was winched down to retrieve the patient.

“The guy was very happy and grateful for the treatment,” he said. “He was a big guy and couldn't walk down and couldn't be carried.

“The paramedics had given him some pain relief and strapped up his knee.”

After being treated by the Murwillumbah ambulance crews, the injured man was moved to a suitable winching area by Tweed District Rescue Squad and Murwillumbah SES volunteers before being lifted into the helicopter.



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