A cyclist has been rescued after crashing and flying over a guardrail at West Head.

Just after 9.00am this morning (Sunday, 09 June), NSW Ambulance was called to a report of a male cyclist flying over a guardrail and down an embankment on the downhill run to the West Head Lookout at West Head Road, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Arriving on scene, paramedics found the 55-year-old male cyclist several metres down a steep embankment, a short distance to the west of the lookout area.

Cyclist overboard at West Head

Riding companions of the man told paramedics they had seen him fail to negotiate the steep downhill section, colliding with the guardrail before flying over it, and disappearing into the trees below.

The 55-year-old man was wearing a helmet, but suffered numerous abrasions and a seriously injured left leg, with an obvious traumatic injury. Paramedics began treating him where he lay down the slope for a suspected broken leg and dislocated knee, giving him pain relief.

Based on descriptions of the man’s location from his riding companions, approaching paramedics including NSW Ambulance Inspector Carolyn Parish had pre-emptively requested assistance from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to retrieve the man from the bush in a stokes litter.

Cyclist overboard at West Head

Once paramedics had secured the man into the stokes litter, firefighters from FRNSW Mona Vale Station and Terrey Hills RFS established a vertical retrieval plan to move the man around 10m back up the slope, hand over hand, with a safety line attached to a fire truck.

Once back at the road, the man was loaded into a NSW Ambulance and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition just before 11.00am.

Images: NSW RFS

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