Helicopter Rescues Hazards Beach and Hartz Peak, TAS

Approximately 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend Hazards Beach on the Freycinet Peninsular to evacuate a 13 year old NSW boy with a suspected snake bite, Tasmania Police say.

The helicopter was able to land close to the beach a short distance from the boy who was placed in a stretcher and carried to the heliopter with the assistance of the boys father, sister and other bushwalkers who had stopped to help.

He was flown to the Cenotaph in Hobart and transferred to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a stable condition.

While tranferring the patient to the ambulance at 3.10pm, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend Hartz Peak to assist a bushwalker who had fallen while walking on the eastern side of the peak. He sustained a serious arm injury with a long bone deep laceration.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived at the peak with south westerly winds gusting to 35 knots.

The Ambulance Tasmania intensive care flight paramedic and Tasmania Police rescue crewman were winched to the ground near the patient.

A short time later the man was winched into the helicopter with the paramedic.

The Helicopter landed a short distance away while the man received further treatment and the rescue crewman and the man’s walking partner walked to the helicopter.

He was transported to the Cenotaph where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance in a stable condition.

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