A fisherman has been rescued by helicopter off rocks just after sunrise at Dee Why headland.

Just before 5.15am this morning (Saturday, 18 November), emergency services were called to assist a man who had fallen in darkness on rocks at Dee Why headland.

It is understood the 37-year-old man from Ryde had been fishing from the rock platform at the base of the cliffs before dawn, when he had fallen 1-2m and badly hurt his leg.

Trapped on the rocks by his injury, the man called for help and emergency services were dispatched to the headland.

Rescuers from NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, and Fire and Rescue NSW Dee Why and Narrabeen Stations, made their way around the base of the headland from Dee Why rock pool to the fisherman’s location.

They reached the man just before sunrise. Paramedics stabilised his leg injury and provided pain relief, while extraction plans were considered. Although it was low tide, the risk was considered too great to attempt a carry out by the rock platform.

With dawn breaking, a Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter was tasked from Bankstown and a winch extraction was authorised. A paramedic was lowered down, and once the rock fisherman was secured, he was carefully lifted up into the helicopter and flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition just before 6.30am.

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