A father and daughter were rescued in a dramatic cliff rescue at the Warriewood blowhole yesterday.
Just after 1.00pm Sunday, 12 September, emergency services received a call to the Warriewood blowhole at Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood. According to the report, a girl walking with her father near the cliff had fallen 3m to a ledge below.
Multiple emergency service units responded, with at least two NSW Police units, five NSW Ambulance units including two Special Operations paramedics and an Inspector, along with both Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) specialist rescue teams from Narrabeen Station.
Upon arrival, they found the man and his injured 16-year-old daughter perched on a rock ledge down the cliff face in a position with difficult access. It was decided that a Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter called to the scene was unsuitable for extraction due to strong winds making a winch operation too dangerous.
Just after 3.00pm, a specialist rescue firefighter along with two NSW Ambulance Specialist Operations paramedics were lowered down by ropes to assess the extent of the girl’s injuries.
The girl was found to have suspected injuries to her head and leg, which were too serious to attempt walking or climbing out, so the decision was taken to lift her up the cliff face in a stokes litter via ropes. She reached the cliff top safely around 4.40pm and her father, who was reportedly uninjured, was assisted by FRNSW to safely walk out from the bottom of the cliff by 5.00pm.
The pair were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for further treatment; the girl’s condition was described as serious by a NSW Ambulance spokesperson.
Images: Ryan Lagois, Northern Beaches Advocate