Mountain rescue

By DARREN COYNE

THE rescue of yet another injured tourist off Mt Warning this week has prompted a reminder from the NSW Ambulance Service that climbing the mountain can be dangerous.

A 43-year-old New Zealand woman was plucked from near the summit with a suspected leg fracture on Tuesday by the Lismore-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Two ambulance paramedics were winched into the area around 2pm to stabilise the woman and she was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital.

Grant Prendecast, officer in charge of the Murwillumbah ambulance station, said rescue crews were called to the mountain on average once every month.

Mr Prendecast said many walkers left it too late to climb and were ill-prepared.

"You need to allow at least five hours of daylight to get up and back again," he said.

"You should wear covered shoes rather than thongs or san- dals, take plenty of water, particularly in the summer, and some food to snack on.

"Ideally you should have a mobile phone to contact emergency services, but be aware that it can be difficult to get reception with some services.

"Walkers should also take particular care on the final 500 metres up the chains to the summit," he said.



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