Teen recovering after cliff fall

UPDATE:

WITNESSES have recounted what happened last night where a 14-year-old teenager was injured climbing a cliff at Dolphin Heads.

Northern Beaches police station constable Matthew Biggs described the rescue mission as difficult due to the incoming tide and slippery rocks.

 

EARLIER:

A 14-YEAR-OLD male was transported to Mackay Base Hospital after being rescued from a cliff at Dolphin Heads.

The massive rescue task involved about four police units, the RACQ CQ Rescue crew, four Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews as well as two Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) crews.

A QAS spokesman said their crews assisted in treating the teenager, who had a suspected head and leg injury and transported him to Mackay Base Hospital after 8pm yesterday.

A QFRS spokeswoman said she couldn't comment further than saying their four crews assisted in the rescue of the teenager.

Meanwhile, the CQ Rescue helicopter was tasked to the area just after 8pm to winch the young man to safety however initial aerial surveillance of the terrain by the experienced flight crew ruled out a winch operation due to rocky and rugged terrain in the immediate area, a CQ Rescue spokeswoman said.

"Further recovery options were considered before the task was called off due to the dangerous conditions," she said.

The helicopter returned to base at 8.45pm.

 



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