Chopper winches injured Coast rock climber to safety

UPDATE: A Sunshine Coast man has been winched from the scene of an eight metre rock climbing fall west of Gympie.

An RACQ CareFlight helicopter spokesman said the man, aged in his late 30s, suffered suspected broken bones in his legs.

"When the helicopter arrived on scene, because the area was heavily forested, they winched a flight paramedic and a flight doctor down to him," the spokesman said.

The injured man was then winched up to the helicopter before being flown to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.

EARLIER: A man has fallen eight metres while rock climbing in a national park west of Gympie.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter was called to assist with his recovery after paramedics arrived at the Bells Bridge scene in the Brooyar National Park.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the man had fallen between six to eight metres.

Emergency services were initially called at 9.48am.

The spokesman said the man was conscious but complaining of severe leg and back pain.

"Information we have at this stage is he has slipped while rock climbing and he has landed on his feet," the spokesman said.



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