A pair of rock climbers had to be helped off a mountain, one by a stretcher, and taken to hospital after they fell about 15m off a cliff face. Photo: WIN News Sunshine Coast
A pair of rock climbers had to be helped off a mountain, one by a stretcher, and taken to hospital after they fell about 15m off a cliff face. Photo: WIN News Sunshine Coast

Climber in serious condition after 15m cliff face fall

UPDATE 12.45PM: A pair of rock climbers had to be helped off a mountain, one by a stretcher, and taken to hospital after they fell about 15m off a cliff face.

Emergency services were called to Mt Tinbeerwah along Tinbeerwah Rd about 10am on Tuesday morning to rescue the men, aged in their 20s.

Critical care paramedic and officer-in-charge at Cooroy Ambulance Station, Ben Phipps, said it was a difficult rescue and extrication.

He said the two men had been rock climbing earlier in the morning when they fell about 15m.

"It was difficult. A hot and humid day and on a steep spot," Mr Phipps said.

"Paramedics had to hike about half a kilometre just to get to them.

"With a fall like that, you're looking for potential injuries to the spine, back and pelvis.

"We used a basket stretcher with the help of QFES and bystanders to extricate the man."

One of the men was taken by ambulance to hospital in a serious but stable condition and the other was assessed for minor injuries.

UPDATE 12PM: A man is being stretchered off Mt Tinbeerwah with serious injuries and another walked out after the pair fell about 15m off a "cliff face".

Multiple emergency services personnel rushed to the popular mountain about 9.55am after the fall was reported.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman said the man being stretchered out was in a serious but stable condition with possible pelvic and spinal injuries.

She said the other man was stable and did not appear to have suffered injuries.

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"It was on the western side of the mountain and reported as a drop, from a cliff face of some kind," she said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews assisted with the extrication of both men.

The pair, aged in their 20s, are expected to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

A rescue helicopter has not been called.

EARLIER: A rescue operation has unfolded at Mt Tinbeerwah after a pair fell between 10-15m off the hinterland climb this morning.

Multiple emergency services crews responded to the fall, reported about 9.55am.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman said one person was being treated for spinal precaution.

She said the pair were both aged in their 20s.

Three Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews also responded and will assist QAS with potential stretcher requirements.

More to come.



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