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HomeNewsLocation location: minor injury but major rescue op in Clontarf

Location location: minor injury but major rescue op in Clontarf

A man on a summer’s day jaunt just off the beautiful Manly to Spit walk needed to be winched to Balgowlah’s Tania Park this morning after falling in an awkward location.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Charnan Kurth said paramedics received a call about 11am today, 14 January, as a man had fallen onto rocks at Washaway Beach. The site is near the isolated Grotto Point between Balgowlah and Clontarf.

The man, in his 50s, had a leg injury and was first spotted by the police marine command. It was too difficult a place to access on foot and ocean swell had made it problematic to access via the harbour.

Five paramedic road crews including Special Operations Team paramedics were dispatched, as well as a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor from the Toll Ambulance Rescue helicopter. NSW Fire and Rescue were also an integral part of the operation.

Rescuers abseil down to the injured patient at Washaway Beach. PHOTO: NSW Ambulance

Paramedics abseiled to the man and treated the leg injury before the patient was winched by helicopter to Tania Park reserve in Balgowlah Heights, then transported to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition.

“The patient fell and injured himself in a place that was really difficult for rescuers to access, particularly in today’s swell conditions,” Inspector Kurth said.

“Emergency services worked really well together, deploying a range of rescue teams to complete what turned out to be a complicated extrication.”


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