Joan thanks her Mt Warning rescuers

A woman in her 60s was injured on Mt Warning on Sunday.
A woman in her 60s was injured on Mt Warning on Sunday.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 9:  The woman who was rescued on Sunday at Mt Warning has been revealed as Joan Adcock, who works at Murwillumbah's Queen St Medical Centre.

Joan is due to undergo surgery tomorrow to have pins placed in her left ankle.

She was in fine spirits when the Tweed Daily News caught up with her and wanted to pass on her thanks to all the emergency personnel involved in her rescue.

ORIGINAL STORY: A HUGE rescue operation involving 24 personnel took place on Mt Warning on Sunday, after a local woman in her 60s injured her leg.

Tweed District Rescue Squad president Jamie Stoddart said emergency services were called to the scene about 11am, with reports a woman was injured 50 metres from the summit.

Volunteers and ambulance personnel then embarked on a journey to reach the women.

He said the rescue team reached her about midday.

Around this time, rescuers decided a medical team couldn't be winched down by helicopter, due to heavy wind gusts and low visibility.

Mr Stoddart said rescue crews had to carry equipment, including a stretcher, up the ascent.

They then used a "lowering and hauling" system to carry the patient down the mountain.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed casualty access paramedics reached the woman to begin treatment during the descent.

The rescue team reached the car park at the bottom of Mt Warning about 6.30pm.The woman was taken to Murwillumbah District Hospital in a stable condition, with a suspected fracture to the lower leg. 

Keen to help out?

The Tweed District Rescue Squad, which is a branch of the Volunteer Rescue Association, is currently seeking more volunteers. 

If you think you've got what it takes, contact them here.

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