Woman falls at breakwall
A WOMAN was winched to safety in a dramatic rescue on Coffs Harbour’s southern breakwall on Saturday after falling four metres and landing heavily on her head.
The 34-year-old had been fishing from the top of the wall and fell as she attempted to cast her line into the water shortly after 1pm.
It’s believed the woman fell face first, hitting her head against several boulders on the way down before landing precariously near the water’s edge.
“She fell a considerable distance and was reported to be in a bad way when emergency crews arrived,” Coffs Harbour State Emergency Service controller Bob White said.
Members of the group she was fishing with went to her aid.
But she was left at the base of the wall until a rescue effort was mounted, complaining of severe pain to her neck and lower back.
SES rescue crews used safety lines to climb down the wall and the woman was hoisted up the wall in a two hour operation.
“She was then treated by paramedics and placed on a stretcher and carried back along the wall to an awaiting ambulance,” he said.
The woman was treated for facial, neck and back injuries at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.