Mountain rescue pulled off to save injured teen
UPDATE 5pm: TWO rescue helicopters were called in to help rescue a teenager who had fallen 20m from a peak at Mount Mitchell yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the scene at Tregony about 7.30am, after the 16-year-old bushwalker slipped and fell over the edge of the cliff.
QAS Darling Downs senior operations supervisor Stephen Johns said the teen was located about an hour and a half walking distance from the main entrance to the Main Range National Park.
"QAS was assisted by SES and QFES to head to the top of the mountain peak and provide assistance to patient," Mr Johns said.
Mr Johns said two rescue helicopters attempted to winch the teen from the face of the mountain, but were unsuccessful.
Instead, a vertical rescue was undertaken to bring the boy to the top of the peak so he could be winched by one of the helicopters.
Mr Johns said the boy had suffered a cut to the head and had a fractured ankle.
He was treated and stabilised before being flown to hospital.
UPDATE 2.00PM: THE HIKER has been identified as a 16-year-old boy.
Fire services have now moved the teen to a safe location and are awaiting the RACQ chopper.
UPDATE 12.00PM: EMERGENCY services have made contact with the hiker and are currently trying to winch the patient out using a harness.
According to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman, the patient is suffering from head and ankle injuries.
Queensland Fire and Emergency spokesman said they are working to get the walker to a better location where the chopper can then retrieve them.
UPDATE 10.15AM: EMERGENCY services are working to find a hiker who fell more than 20m from a cliff in the Main Range National Park.
According to a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman, another walker descended from the summit of the Mount Mitchell track at around 8.50am to inform emergency services which cliff the hiker had fallen from.
According to this witness, the fallen hiker was over an hour away by foot and they were unable to see over the cliff to determine their condition.
A Rescue 500 helicopter is on stand-by to assist the fallen walker, with winching capabilities able to lift them to safety.
Two QFES crews are currently at the scene and three firefighters have began to walk up the track with a Queensland Ambulance Services ranger.
UPDATE 8.30AM: PARAMEDICS are also on their way to the scene.
According to a QAS spokeswoman, the walker is one and a half hours into the Mount Mitchell track and paramedics will be coming to the scene via foot.
They are also activating the QAS helicopter for assistance.
While paramedics are still to assess the walker, it is believed they are stable but suffering some injuries.
UPDATE 8.10AM: SES crews are also on their way to Mount Mitchell to help rescue a walker who has fallen down a cliff face.
A QFES spokesman confirmed the walker was on the Mount Mitchell track when they fell.
While fire crews are still on their way to the scene at Tregony, an additional QFES technology rescue crew has been sent out.
INITIAL 7.45AM: A walker has fallen 20m down a cliff face at Tregony and emergency services are rushing to the scene to assist with the rescue.
About 7.30am, fire services received a call reporting the fall had occurred near Mount Mitchell.
Emergency services are currently on the way to the scene.
More information to come.