Westpac Rescue Helicopter winches teen bitten by snake near Armidale, and injured paraglider near Manilla

Mission accomplished: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter en-route to Mount Borah at Manilla to collect an injured paraglider on Saturday. Photo: Vicki Hayes
Mission accomplished: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter en-route to Mount Borah at Manilla to collect an injured paraglider on Saturday. Photo: Vicki Hayes

THREE people have been flown to hospital after separate rescue missions near Tamworth and Armidale.

A teenager had to be winched from the Blue Hole off Castledoyle Rd, out of Armidale, on Saturday afternoon after he was bitten by a snake.

A doctor and paramedic had three vials of anti-venom but it’s unknown what kind of snake bit the 18-year-old.

He was flown to Armidale hospital and administered the anti-venom before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital.

Meanwhile, a paraglider was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital after crashing on Saturday. The 63-year-old suffered pelvic injuries in the accident near Mount Borah.

The chopper also airlifted an 83-year-old woman suffering a cardiac condition from Gunnedah hospital to Tamworth on Sunday.