Young hikers saved after falling down waterfall
A MACKAY rescue crew helped save two injured hikers trapped at a popular Townsville waterfall.
RACQ CQ Rescue winched the young couple to safety after they were injured in a serious fall at the popular Alligator Creek waterfall, 25km south of Townsville.
The Mackay-based crew flew 250km north to the incident after receiving the call at 1.30pm on Wednesday, a RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman said.
"It is believed the man slipped in the wet conditions and fell about 15 metres down rocks before slamming into a tree," she said.
"The woman, who was attempting to make her way down the slippery rock face to assist the injured man, then also fell but managed to grab onto the same tree to break her fall."
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Firefighters battled for an hour up the steep and slippery rock faces in the rain to reach the injured couple, both aged in their 20s, she said.
After being assessed by on-board paramedics, RACQ CQ Rescue winched the couple out of the heavily wooded area, she said.
The man suffered serious cuts and bruises and the woman was treated for neck and shoulder pain as well as cuts and bruises, she said.
#AlligatorCreek - a rescue is being undertaken with the assistance of emergency services agencies and the rescue helicopter for a patient that has reportedly fallen approx 3 metres down some rocks at 12.47pm and requires extrication assistance. Injuries are currently unknown. pic.twitter.com/4fZx30jD2y— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) May 13, 2020
Queensland Ambulance Service said they were both taken to Townsville Hospital in a stable condition with minor injuries.
The man was taken via an ambulance while the woman was flown to Townsville Hospital with suspected spinal and abdominal injuries, QAS wrote in a tweet.
"Whether it's a remote cattle property, a workplace incident or a motor vehicle accident, our crew and helicopter are available 24/7 across central and north Queensland to help save lives." RACQ CQ Rescue chief executive officer Ian Rowan said.