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Northern NSW : Rescue - Spring 2014
It was the middle of the night in June this year when an eighteen year-old man fell down the side of an 80 metre cliff face in the Watagan State Forest. What began as a camping trip with some mates turned into a life-threatening attempt to bypass security at a bush rave party. With a cigarette lighter as their only source of light a group of three young men made their way across a rock shelf. In the dark one of the teens lost his footing and his friends watched in horror as he plummeted 80 metres to the bush below. ‘Looking at the size of that cliff, I seriously do not know how he survived,’ air crewman Graham Nickisson said. Because of the dense forest, paramedics were unable to be winched below the cliff to where they hoped the teen lay. Instead they were dropped off on top of the cliff and abseiled down the ravine. They located the eighteen year old in the early hours of the morning and remained with him until light could aid the rescue mission. Rescuers cut a hole in the tree line so that by daybreak, the Rescue Helicopter could winch in and pull the man to safety. ‘ It was very heavily timbered country, very steep and although we only do hoists as a last resort, we had no other option,’ Mr Nickisson said. ‘ What we knew was that he had spent the whole night at the bottom of that cliff and we needed to get him to hospital.’ The teen was transferred to the John Hunter Hospital suffering severe internal bleeding, bleeding to his brain and spleen as well as a number of cuts, bruises and other injuries. To see where this rescue took place see (s) on the map on page 10. Bush rescue Eighteen teams took to the greens in the sixth annual Mining and Suppliers Charity Bowls Day at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Monday 4 August. The title was hotly contested and came down to a three-end battle between GBP Cranes and BIS Industries. The turn of the green fell with GBP Cranes claiming the Miners Light trophy. Service General Manager, Richard Jones said that the social capital that the community event had established in Gunnedah was the result of successful partnerships. ‘ T he miners of the Gunnedah Basin are tremendous supporters of the Service, and have worked together with the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group to hold a terrific event that has brought the community together. Major sponsors for the event included Coal Services, Whitehaven Coal, Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club, Idemitsu Boggabri Coal, Mackella Excavations and Pacific National. The event raised $20,000. Bowling success in sixth year Photo: Matt Miegel Photography 14 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2014
Rescue - Summer 2014
Winter 2014 redo