Ex rock-climber, 72, rescued from Byron cliff face

UPDATE, 3.20pm: A MAN believed to be a 72-year-old ex-rock climber has been safely rescued from a cliff face near the lighthouse at Byron Bay.

Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) Captain Susan Viggar said they were called to Cosy Corner on the south side of the lighthouse shortly before 12.30pm to reports of a person trapped on the cliff.

"We were activated to a person on the rocks near the lighthouse," she said.

"Once we got to the lighthouse they showed us where he was.

"We set up our vertical rescue line and sent a person down."

Ms Viggar said the VRA crew member attached the gentleman to his harness and they descended safety to the ground where he was handed over to ambulance paramedics on Tallows Beach.

She said it took about three quarters of an hour to get the man down from when they arrived on scene.

TALLOW BEACH: Police and Ambulance attended as Brunswick Valley and District VRA assist the would-be climber down after he became stuck half way up the cliffs above Tallow Beach in Byron Bay.The middle aged man was un-harmed after his ordeal.
TALLOW BEACH: Police and Ambulance attended as Brunswick Valley and District VRA assist the would-be climber down after he became stuck half way up the cliffs above Tallow Beach in Byron Bay.The middle aged man was un-harmed after his ordeal. Christian Morrow

Ms Viggar said the Brunswick Valley VRA crews do about three to four vertical rescues a year, two of which are usually at the Byron Bay lighthouse.

She said the shale rock and lack of potential anchor points at the Byron headland made the area challenging for vertical rescues.

"But we do quite a lot of training so we can cope with those kinds of things," she said.

"The Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association is looking for more people to be trained as road crash rescue and vertical rescue operators."

Ms Viggar said it wasn't how the man got stuck on the cliff face, but her advice to people was to stay behind the barriers and not climb the rocks.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the man was not required to be treated or transported.

Emergency Services have rescued a man who was stuck on a cliff at Byron Bay
Emergency Services have rescued a man who was stuck on a cliff at Byron Bay Christian Morrow

UPDATE, 2pm:  THE man stuck on a cliff at Byron Bay has been lowered to safety by Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) crews.

Northern Star reporter Christian Morrow is on scene and said the man had just been lowered to Tallows Beach and was being unstrapped.

One ambulance crew is on scene and at least two VRA crews.

Emergency Services have rescued a man who was stuck on a cliff at Byron Bay
Emergency Services have rescued a man who was stuck on a cliff at Byron Bay Christian Morrow

ORIGINAL: THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is on standby for reports of a person stuck on a rock ledge at Byron Bay.

Emergency services were called at 12.20pm.

Early reports suggest the incident is taking place near the Lighthouse, off Lighthouse Rd.

More information to come.
 



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