MANY HANDS: Injured 11-year-old girl helped down the mountain by multiple volunteers and rescue services.
MANY HANDS: Injured 11-year-old girl helped down the mountain by multiple volunteers and rescue services. Tweed District Rescue Squad

22 rescuers team up to save girl who fell 10m

A YOUNG Piggabeen girl has 22 rescuers to thank for a tough and long rescue down the track of Mt Warning last Friday.

The 11-year-old was descending the mountain with her family when she lost her footing and fell 10m down a rock face at 130pm.

Police say she hit her head in the fall and witnesses say she suffered a seizure afterwards.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to the scene but the crew made the decision that conditions were not favourable for a winch on and off the mountain because of the high winds.

A ground party of 22 Police, NSW Ambulance, Tweed District and Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Association volunteers and the State Emergency Services made the two hour climb up Mt Warning to find the patient half way up the chain at the final section of the walk.

A doctor who had been hiking on the mountain helped stabilise the now conscious girl who was strapped to a Stokes litter rescue basket before the long climb down the mountain.

Tweed District VRA Drew Carr said the combined effort of 22 volunteers, hikers, family and ambulance and police officers was necessary to complete the arduous trek carrying the patient down the mountain.

"It was quite a slog," Mr Carr said.

Rescues for falls have become more common on Mt Warning since the 2017 floods have left the track degraded and roots and rocks exposed, he said.

"We've seen an increase in rescues for injuries like broken legs and ankles and less rescues for lost hikers."

The return trip to the Mt Warning carpark took about four hours.

The girl suffered some motion sickness on the way down the zig-zag track, a common side effect of being strapped into a Stokes litter, said Mr Carr.

"She was a good sport."

The young patient was taken to the Murwillumbah Hospital for treatment for possible concussion, arm injury and abrasions.



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