Beach rescues makes busy hour
EMERGENCY services responded to two unrelated beach rescues at Macauleys Headland just an hour apart yesterday.
Ambulance and police officers were first called to help a man who suffered a broken leg in a surfing accident, shortly before 9am.
No sooner had the 53 year old been loaded into an ambulance when a second emergency happened at the northern end of the beach.
Ambulance officers said a 65-year-old woman suffered head injuries after tripping at the headland at 9.48am.
“It appears she slipped at the base of the headland and fell over head first,” an ambulance spokesperson said.
The woman was treated on scene by paramedics for cuts, bruises and concussion. She was then taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for medical assessment.
Meanwhile, the surfer was treated for a compound fracture to his leg.
It’s believed he was injured after slipping off the back of his surfboard.
Rescuers found him on the edge of the surf, about 80 metres south of the Macauleys Headland car park.
Both patients were listed as stable late yesterday.