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REVEALED: How man suffered spinal injuries in houseboat mishap

A man was winched from a houseboat in the Nambucca River overnight with serious spinal injuries and airlifted to Brisbane.
A man was winched from a houseboat in the Nambucca River overnight with serious spinal injuries and airlifted to Brisbane. Frank Redward

UPDATE: IT HAS been revealed a 28-year-old man who sustained serious spinal injuries in the Nambucca River dove head first from a houseboat into a sand bar.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Ambulance New South Wales to assist in locating the male last night around 8pm.

The house boat was eventually found near Warrell Point.

The Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service said its crew winched into the scene a paramedic and doctor to assist in the treatment and recovery of the 28-year-old.

Due to the remote 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 Westpac Helicopter to fly through to Royal Brisbane Hospital," a spokesperson for the emergency service said. 

The 28-year-old male patient remained in a serious but stable condition throughout the long flight north to Brisbane.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter returned to Lismore at 5am.

11.30AM: A MAN suffered serious spinal injuries in an accident on a houseboat on the Nambucca River overnight.

A triple-o call was received from the houseboat, which was located near the mouth of the Nambucca River around 8pm.

Local Marine Rescue volunteers and ambulance paramedics made several attempts to reach the houseboat but were unable to locate the vessel and transport the patient via road ambulance.

The Westpac Lifesaver 2 helicopter was then tasked to winch a doctor and paramedic onto the deck of the houseboat and stablise the patient.

NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Manager Mick Mair said the man was placed on the helicopter and flown to Brisbane for emergency treatment.

Mr Mair praised the efforts of Nambucca Valley Marine Rescue crews who assisted by transporting two ambulance paramedics to the scene by boat in very difficult circumstances in the dark. 

The welfare of the 28-year-old man is unknown and the houseboat has since moved from that position.

Topics:  accident coffs coast mishap nambucca river westpac rescue lifesaver helicopter


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