Night vision goggles used to help in remote rescue
LISMORE'S Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to assist in locating a 28 year old male who had been reported as diving head first into a sandbar from a houseboat on Nambucca Heads River.
The injured male was located near Warrell Point.
The helicopter crew winched into the scene a NSWA paramedic and doctor to assist in the treatment and recovery of the male.
Due to the remote access location of the scene the patient was stabilised and placed in a winch stretcher for recovery.
This recovery was performed under night vision goggles; the patient had suffered a suspected spinal injury that required the helicopter to fly through to Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The patient remained in a serious but stable condition throughout the long flight north to Brisbane.
The helicopter returned to Lismore at 5am.