Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter performs a rescue at night.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter performs a rescue at night. Contributed

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.



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