Man falls 50m down waterfall

The man is loaded into a stretcher.
The man is loaded into a stretcher.

A MAN was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after falling down a 50m waterfall at Eungella.

A NSW ambulance spokeswoman said the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter had winched two intensive care paramedics into the area to treat the man, believed to be in his 30s.

But it wasn’t an easy job.

Tweed District Rescue Squad president Jamie Stoddart said they were called about 3pm.

“We needed a 4WD to access the property and had to walk about another kilometre-and-a-half to get to him,” Mr Stoddart said.

“Paramedics stabilised the patient and we loaded him into a stretcher.

“We had to carry him about 20m to a clearing so the helicopter could winch him up, but it was too gusty for them to get a winch line down.”

Rescue squad volunteers then carried the man 2km to a 4WD ambulance, which took him to a clearing where the helicopter could land and transport him to Tweed Hospital.

Details of his condition were not available last night.

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