‘Exhausted’ man rescued from mountain summit
EMERGENCY services rescued the second climber within days from Mount Warning yesterday, this time a 115kg man.
They were called to the mountain about 5.15pm to reports of a possible heart attack on the summit of the mountain, said Tweed District Rescue Squad duty officer Mal Pearse.
As the summit was covered in cloud, rescue crews began to climb the mountain as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter made its way to the scene.
A paramedic was lowered to the fourth winch point, beneath the summit, and climbed up to the man.
Mr Pearse said the climber had not suffered a heart attack, but was exhausted and dehydrated.
“He was 115kg and probably not the fittest man to be up there,” Mr Pearse said.
Mr Pearse urged prospective climbers to assess their fitness level, take enough supplies and leave enough time for a safe descent before dusk.
“With the shortening day length you need to be coming down off that mountain and ideally in the carpark by 3pm,” Mr Pearse said.
“It just gives you that margin of error.
“It’s a very strenuous climb.
“They need to be in a reasonable state of fitness.”
He urged climbers to take plenty of water and wear appropriate, covered footwear.
He also reiterated that as summer ends, the summit could become quite cool.
He said they would have been on the mountain until after midnight if the helicopter wasn’t able to winch the man out.
“Thank goodness for the chopper,” he said.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Northern Region spokesman Roger Fry said the man was flown to Lismore Base Hospital and has since been released.
He said the combination of his medical condition and severe dehydration meant getting him treatment as soon as possible was crucial.
The rescue came after a woman in her 20s was carried from halfway up the mountain on Saturday afternoon.