Experienced bush walker John Bryant (right) pictured with Simon Irwin fell on to rocks and injured his head while trekking in a remote part of Tasmania. He is pictured during his trek along the Carnarvon Gorge Great Walk earlier this year.
Experienced bush walker John Bryant (right) pictured with Simon Irwin fell on to rocks and injured his head while trekking in a remote part of Tasmania. He is pictured during his trek along the Carnarvon Gorge Great Walk earlier this year. Contributed

Bushwalkers praised

AUTHORITIES have heaped praise on an experienced group of bush walkers who came to the aid of Rockhampton man John Bryant who was injured while trekking in a remote part of Tasmania.

Mr Bryant, 63, was with a group of six walkers, including his son, when he slipped while trying to negotiate a rocky section of track and banged his head on Thursday.

About 10.30am the group was walking along Cox Bight on the South Coast Track when Mr Bryant, who is the chief financial officer at Rocky's Own Transport, fell.

The group raised the alarm by satellite phone and Mr Bryant was flown by the Tasmanian Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter to the Hobart Private Hospital where he received treatment for a head injury.

A spokesman for the Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter yesterday said he was impressed by how the group handled the situation.

The spokesman said the injury was not anyone's fault.

"From our point of view the group raised the alarm by satellite phone, they had an EPIRB and they all knew how to read a map," he said.

"This was clearly a well-planned trip."

The spokesman said the area where Mr Bryant slipped was a five- to six-day trek to get treatment.

"It was either a flight in or big walk out," he said. "He was quite with it after his fall, but the wound needed stitches and we didn't want to risk it becoming infected."

He said he expected Mr Byrant to rejoin the group from a section along the walk.

"He should be fine. He was talking about going back in from the other end and re-joining the group."



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