Man, 79, rescued

AN elderly man who slipped and fell from a patio at his home yesterday had to be rescued after becoming stuck between rocks and a fence.

The incident caused a scene at the Tweed Heads West street, with a crew of emergency workers rushing to the home in the morning and having to remove a section of the fence to free the man.

It is understood the 79-year-old fell and then landed awkwardly, becoming wedged between the rocks and a side fence at his Gollan Drive home.

Fortunately he received only minor injuries after falling before rolling down an embankment and getting stuck about 8.45am.

Ambulance paramedics were called to the Gollan Drive home but had difficulty moving the man because they did not want to cause any further injury, particularly to his back.

Police were then called to assist the paramedics by removing a section of the fence so the man could be safely put onto a stretcher.

Two ambulance crews stabilised the man while police worked to pull the fence apart.

He was placed in the ambulance about 9.25am and trans- ported to The Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

When questioned by the Tweed Daily News about the man's condition, a neighbour replied: “He's going to be alright”.

The man's current condition is not known.

Police could provide no further details yesterday.



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