A mountain biker has been winched out of bushland in a dramatic rescue at Warriewood.
Just after 11.15am this morning (Wednesday, 02 June) a man in his 50s was riding his bike in bushland when he fell, injuring his pelvis. He was riding in steep bushland on the escarpment at the Ingleside Chase Reserve between Laurel Road East, Ingleside and Forest Road, Warriewood.
NSW Police, Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Mona Vale and Narrabeen Stations, and four NSW Ambulance crews, including two Special Operations Teams, responded to the incident call.
Locating the man, who was approximately 1.5km into the bush, proved difficult. Units initially staged at Fern Creek, Warriewood before relocating further up the escarpment to access the man once he was found around 12.15pm.
According to NSW Ambulance Inspector Mark Hayes the man was assessed at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, a critical care doctor and a critical care paramedic. They determined that his pelvic injury was a dislocated right hip, ruling out a patient walk out.
“The man suffered a dislocated hip and was in excruciating pain when paramedics arrived on scene,” said Inspector Hayes.
The steep terrain also made a carry out by stretcher for emergency services difficult. The Toll Air Ambulance helicopter was called to assist, causing a stir during the lunchtime break at Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood, where it had arranged to land on the school oval.
The helicopter waited at the school oval while the area around the patient was cleared for extraction, taking off again to perform the winch operation, successfully bringing the man on board by 2.25pm.
“The Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter did an excellent job winching the man to safety in very difficult terrain,” said Inspector Hayes.
According to a spokesperson for NSW Ambulance, the man was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.
It is thought the man may have been attempting to ride an informal mountain bike trail, a number of which can be found in bushland, particularly along escarpments on the Northern Beaches.
Images and video: Northern Beaches Advocate, Fire and Rescue NSW