First Wollumbin Mt Warning rescue of 2018 unfolding

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THE FIRST Wollumbin Mt Warning rescue for 2018 is taking place this afternoon (Monday, January 22), after a 40-year-old woman injured her ankle near the top of the mountain and requires assistance to descend.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has conducted a winch recovery of a 40-year-old female walker from the Mt Warning track.

“The patient was treated for lower leg fractures and was flown to Uki sports field where the patient was transferred into a road Ambulance and driven to Murwillumbah Hospital in a stable condition,” a spokesperson for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter said.

Earlier, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the rescue and had been circling the mountain for several minutes, as rescue crews on the ground determined the best way to bring the woman down.

“The 40-year-old female walker has suffered a lower leg injury whilst descending the mountain,” a spokesperson for Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter said.

“Local Police, SES, VRA and NSW Ambulance personnel are involved in the recovery of the walker.

“The Westpac Helicopter will winch insert the Critical Care Paramedic to treat and establish the most appropriate recovery method for the walker.”

Meanwhile, NSW Ambulance personnel are walking up the mountain to assist.

The woman’s condition was described as stable, however her mobility is limited due to her injury which could result in her being winched off the mountain by the helicopter.