Chopper finds stranded paddler at Red Rock

Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Westpac Rescue Helicopter

THE Westpac  Helictoper came to the rescue of a paddler after he became stranded at Red Rock last night.

The helicopter was tasked at about 6.30pm to assist in the search for the missing kayak paddler who was last seen on the Salt Water Creek at Red Rock.

The paddler set out on a 1km paddle upstream but became stranded 2km upriver due to the low tide.

The 67-year-old male paddler was able to make contact with NSW Police, but was unable to assist them with his location.

SES and Police were unsuccessful in locating him due to the low tide and dense bush.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter located the kayak paddler and winched in a NSW Paramedic. The helicopter crews were able rescue the paddler before last light.

The kayaker was flown to the Police Command post at Red Rock. He was reported to have sustained no injuries.

The rescue came in a busy day for the chopper serivce who were previously called to transport an elderly female patient from Grafton Base Hospital to the Gold Coast University Hospital in the afternoon suffering a medical condition.

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