SES rescue crews save man injured at Bangalore Falls

A vertical rescue operation by specialist SES rescue crews is underway near Bangalore Falls to bring an injured man to safety.
A vertical rescue operation by specialist SES rescue crews is underway near Bangalore Falls to bring an injured man to safety. Daniel J Murphy

UPDATE - MONDAY 9.00AM: DENSE rainforest and steep terrain were challenges helicopter crews, police officers, SES crew members and paramedics overcame to rescue an injured man who fell down a steep rock face.

The incident at Bangalore Falls near Brooklana reportedly happened after the man was abseiling a cliff via a walking track off Range Road.

About 12 hours after the alarm was first raised, the man was found.

Having located the man, a doctor and paramedic were winched down to the victim's location before and moving him to another location downstream where he was stabilised then winched to the helicopter and flown directly to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

The man was said to be suffering a head injury, chest injury and fractured ribs.

The man's companions, a man and woman were understood to have been suffering dehydration and were given food and water by rescue crews.

UPDATE - SUNDAY 2.30PM: A WESTPAC Rescue helicopter has arrived at Bangalore Falls and is hovering above the scene, conducting a search for the injured man who has not been located at this stage.

A four-person SES rescue crew is climbing a cliff face to search for the man while a three-person team is checking the base area and scrub.


TWO State Emergency Services cliff rescue teams from Coffs Harbour are attending an incident at Bangalore Falls near Brooklana where a man has been injured.

It's reported the man was abseiling a cliff via a walking track off Range Road when he was either injured or got into some other difficulty and could not make his was to safety without assistance.

Lack of mobile phone coverage in the area is hampering the operation.

However, police, paramedics and specialist SES officers have been communicating by two-way radio and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Newcastle has been tasked to assist the operation.

Once brought to ground level he will be taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for attention.

No details of the man's condition are available

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