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No mission impossible for Westpac chopper

AIRLIFTING an injured nine-year-old boy after a car accident is all in a day's work for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, with the emergency service recording a busy holiday period this year.

On Tuesday at 7.15pm the rescue chopper was called to Diggers Camp Road following a single vehicle car accident.

A woman lost control of her car and slammed into a tree, injuring herself and two children who were passengers in the vehicle.

A nine-year-old boy with abdominal injuries and a six-year-old girl were airlifted to Coffs Harbour hospital, while the woman was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by road.

The rescue is just one of dozens of incidents the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended on the Coffs Coast over Christmas.

On December 22, the service winched a 21-year-old man more than 180 feet after an accident at Gleniffir Waterfalls, north of Bellingen, left him with suspected spinal and neck injuries.

The next day, a 43-year-old man bush walking at Suffolk Creek near Glenreagh was airlifted to Coffs Harbour hospital after he fractured his right leg, with intensive care paramedics stabilising the man at the scene before the chopper winched him 50m.

On Boxing Day, the helicopter was tasked to a motorbike accident on Glenreagh Road, where a 25-year-old man with a severed arm was transported to Brisbane.



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