Emergency: Robert Grady, of Glen Innes, is loaded aboard the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter on Wednesday night after falling 10 metres down a cliff at Pilot Hill at Yamba.
Emergency: Robert Grady, of Glen Innes, is loaded aboard the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter on Wednesday night after falling 10 metres down a cliff at Pilot Hill at Yamba.

Man falls 10 metres from cliff

WHAT started out as a leisurely holiday in Australia’s number one town, ended for Robert Grady in agony when he fell 10 metres from Yamba’s Pilot Hill headland late on Wednesday afternoon.

Out for an evening walk, Mr Grady, 58, of Glen Innes, was making his way down steps toward Turners Beach when he slipped and fell.

Police said a person nearby grabbed Mr Grady’s leg, and held on for as long as they could, hoping for emergency service crews to arrive.

But despite the person’s valiant effort, they were unable to hold onto Mr Grady and he fell, hitting rocks on the cliff face before coming to rest on a grassy area below.

SES, ambulance and police attended the scene shortly after 5.30pm and found Mr Grady suffering cuts to the head and pelvic and other fractures.

Mr Grady was taken by ambulance to Yamba Oval, where the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was waiting to airlift him to Lismore Base Hospital.

A spokesperson for Lismore Base Hospital said Mr Grady was in a serious but stable condition yesterday.



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