Westpac chopper in beach drama
A HOLIDAYMAKER, 71, was recovering in hospital late yesterday after he was injured in the surf at Emerald Beach on Sunday.
The man was dumped heavily in the surf and hit his head on a sandbank between 12.30pm and 1pm.
Ambulance officers from Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga rushed to the scene to treat the man, and police also attended.
Roland Murcott was one of two paramedics who flew from Lismore on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter to help the man.
He said the service was called at 1.30pm and landed on the beach after the 40-minute trip.
"Initially, the man was suffering complete paralysis, but by the time we arrived there was some improvement," Mr Murcott said.
"However, there were signs of spinal injuries. He was reasonably stable.
"We handled him very gently and placed him on a spinal board and into the helicopter. We then transferred him to Coffs Harbour Health Campus."
A health service spokeswoman said the man was in a stable condition late yesterday and was not being transferred.