It was a beautiful day at Lord Howe today. But it must have been a long day for the poor man who broke his leg climbing Mt Gower yesterday.
In the past when someone has been injured, the guide radios for help and the local SES team hurries up with a stretcher. Unfortunately, yesterday’s accident occurred above the “get up place”, a section of exposed rock where climbers use ropes, and the injured man was about 95 kgs. So the injured man and the SES volunteers spent the night on the mountain waiting for a helicopter rescue.
The radio in the Pinetrees office was buzzing with activity all day and everyone seemed to be involved. When I went to the hospital in the morning, the two nurses were running out the door with a large pack. When I picked up Elsie after lunch, her nanny was wearing her orange SES gear and preparing to climb the mountain too.
This morning two Navy Sea King helicopters arrived to airlift the injured man back to the Lord Howe airport (and a waiting air ambulance). He’ll have a few stories to tell when he gets home…