Search and Rescue Operation – Holwell

Police search and rescue teams, with the assistance of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, extracted an injured man from the Holwell Gorge today.

This morning a 56-year-old man from Latrobe went walking alone to the Holwell Falls, at Holwell Gorge, Holwell. During the walk he badly broke his left ankle and was unable to move. Fortunately, he had mobile phone reception and called for assistance around 9.15am.

Police Search and Rescue were activated along with volunteers from the State Emergency Service and walked in to locate and rescue the man. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was also called in to assist with winching the man from the gorge.

Around 1pm this afternoon that operation was successful, and the man was extracted from the gorge and taken to Launceston General Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Six SES and four police were involved in the operation this morning.

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