A BUSHWALKER who fell and landed in the water at a popular swimming spot near Armidale has been winched to safety by the region’s rescue helicopter.
The 19-year-old man had been with friends in the Blue Hole at about 5pm on Sunday in the gorge area, east of Armidale, when he fell.
The man’s friends raised the alarm and volunteers from the local State Emergency Service (SES) walked into the park with paramedics and set-up a contingency rescue, preparing to carry the injured man out on a stretcher on foot.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew was then deployed from its Tamworth base with a doctor and paramedic on board.
The clinical team was winched into location to treat the patient, and once he was stabilised in last light he was put on a stretcher and winched out under night vision.
The patient was then flown to Armidale hospital in a stable condition suffering back and lower limb injuries.
During last night's winch mission at #Armidale, we landed on Mitch's property & afterwards we received this footage & words of thanks "I met some of your crew last night. Very nice guys. Thanks for the work you do. We would be buggered without the Helicopter's & wonderful staff" pic.twitter.com/WmjjXNPl4B— Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (@WRHS_official) October 8, 2018