Man winched out of park

A MAN has spent a chilly night awaiting rescue in the Cathedral Rock National Park west of Ebor.

The Armidale man, believed to be aged about 60, used his mobile phone to call 000 about 5.30pm yesterday when he realised he was lost.

Paramedics said the man had hit his head after a tumble and he did have medical issues but they had not come into play at that stage.

“He had some supplies such as water,” said Coffs Harbour Ambulance Station manager Dave Horseman.

“Dorrigo paramedics were tasked straight away and we also tasked the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth and a special casualty access team from Nambucca Heads.

“Police and the SES were called in and they did a foot search.”

Mr Horseman said the search crews found the man fairly quickly but they could not reach him because he was on an inaccessible ledge.

“We had to winch him out using the rescue helicopter and this happened at about 10pm,” he said.

“He had no injuries and no medical conditions and he refused our transport.

“He was checked over and made his way home.”

Helicopter spokesman Barry Walton said the rescue was conducted at the second-highest point in NSW, at “5000 feet with a 140-foot winch”.



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