The RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service rescues Jasmine Henning from Mt Archer.
The RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service rescues Jasmine Henning from Mt Archer. Contributed

Help flew in after frightening fall on Mt Archer

THEY had walked the Mt Archer biking trail many times before, but this was by far the most terrifying.

Jasmine Henning, 22, benefited from RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue service when she fell five metres, landing on rocks, on Sunday, August 4.

Dramatic rescues all part of a day in the office for chopper crew

"My boyfriend and I were walking our dogs, and I slipped and fell straight on my knee. I didn't know what was going on," she said.

"It was bleeding a lot, I was half unconscious."

Health and safety officer boyfriend Aaron Hames made a splint out of sticks and the dog leads before wrapping her knee in his shirt and running to find help.

"I was absolutely freaking out; it was so terrifying."

About 20 minutes later, two ambulance and a few fire and rescue officers turned up.

"The chopper and fire and rescue officers came too and had to carry me back up the mountain where the chopper could land."

She said she was frightened at the thought of being airlifted into a helicopter.

"But they were really professional. They assured me everything as going to be okay, explained what was going on and it was all smooth sailing from there."

At the Rockhampton Base Hospital she had a three-hour surgery which found the injury was a severed tendon in the cartilage and a cracked knee bone.

She was hospitalised for 10 further days at Rockhampton Hillcrest Hospital.

The Rockhampton resident is now in Western Australia living with her boyfriend, still recovering from the incident.

Currently she is restricted to 60-degree movement, and is on crutches and has a wheelchair when needed.

"To walk properly will be another two-and-a-half months now, followed by six months of intensive physio to learn how to use my leg properly again," she said.

She said it was hard to describe her feelings towards all the services that helped that day.

"I don't even know how to explain it. (RACQ Capricorn Helicopter and Rescue staff) was so organised, kind and friendly, and they calmed me down a lot," she said.

"I would love to thank them for their service. They are so professional. There's only good things to say about them."