Posted May 11, 2018 06:53:24 A woman who was left stranded on a remote mountain has said she had no choice but to jump out of a helicopter as she was being transported by police to a hospital in the ACT.
The woman, who cannot be named, was rescued by police after the helicopter took off at the height of darkness from the NSW Highway Agency on Monday afternoon.
The helicopter’s pilot was not wearing a harness and had no life vest, the State Government said.
She had suffered a severe head injury and was “very brave”.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the helicopter had been fitted with life vests and the rescuers were not equipped to handle her.
“She had no medical treatment, and we had to use our own resources to get her out of the helicopter and get her safely to a trauma centre,” she said.
“It was very difficult to do, and it was extremely brave of them to do that.”
The helicopter landed safely on the footpath in the middle of the night at Llanbriaghe in the Northern Territory’s north-west.
It took about 30 minutes for a paramedic to arrive at the scene and take the woman to a local hospital.
“There was a lot of blood on the ground and there was a large pool of blood, so I took them back to the helicopter,” she told the ABC.
The woman had suffered injuries to her face and neck when she jumped out of an overhanging cliff on the north-western side of the mountainside. “
We had to wait about 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive.”
The woman had suffered injuries to her face and neck when she jumped out of an overhanging cliff on the north-western side of the mountainside.
Her injuries were described as “pretty serious”.
“She was very lucky she didn’t get seriously hurt,” NSW Ambulance Acting Chief Medical Officer Peter Hogg said.
The ambulance was called about 2:00pm to the scene at the foot of a small cliff in the town of Llanberi, about 25 kilometres from the state’s border with New South Wales.
“The woman had a number of minor injuries, but the majority of her injuries were to her head, neck and face,” Mr Hogg told the National Emergency Service.
“Her condition was very stable, and she was then taken to a Canberra hospital for a CT scan and x-rays.”
The man, who was also injured, had to be transferred to Canberra’s Royal Northern Territory Hospital for further treatment.
Ms Berejim said the woman had been treated at the Canberra Hospital and was expected to recover.
“This is a very brave and brave decision, and unfortunately we don’t know the details of what she is still dealing with at the moment,” she added.
Ms Hogg, who is in charge of the state ambulance service, said she was relieved the woman was now in a stable condition.
“As a helicopter pilot you are always concerned about your crew, but we are confident that we can safely carry her to the Canberra hospital,” he said.
Police said they were confident they could handle the situation.
Ms Berejiklsian said she would not comment further until her office had been given a full report from the helicopter operator.
“What we have learnt is that we did everything within our power to get this woman out safely, and as the helicopter is now secured we are not going to make any further comment at this stage,” she explained.
The ABC has asked the NT Police for more information about the incident.
“At this time, we can’t give any further details, but I can confirm that the helicopter was fitted with a life vest,” Mr Berejan said.
Local resident Andrew MacKenzie, who lives nearby, said he had been walking his dog at the time the helicopter landed.
“A helicopter is always a dangerous thing,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“They come and they land and they’re always going to be a bit dangerous.” “
He said he believed the helicopter should have been used to evacuate people from the area. “
They come and they land and they’re always going to be a bit dangerous.”
He said he believed the helicopter should have been used to evacuate people from the area.
Loading “It’s a helicopter, it’s a dangerous helicopter,” he added.
“But I hope that it was a really brave decision by the helicopter to use the helicopter.”
Ms Berejan said the police had also been informed of the incident and were making arrangements for a report from their investigation.
“That will be sent to me tomorrow morning and I will be taking the time to look into it,” she confirmed. The NT Amb