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Chockstone Forum - Accidents & Injuries

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Injured climber - Bluies - 20/1/13
FatCanyoner
20/01/2013
4:09:03 PM
Blue Mountains Police Rescue have put the following up on their facebook page a short time ago:

Emergency Services, including Police Rescue, are currently on scene at Centennial Glen Blackheth re a fallen climber. Please avoid the area as there are a number of personnel on scene. Further details will be posted at the conclusion of the incident, which is not expected to be complete for some time due to bad weather.

I saw several ambulances race past as I was driving through the mountains a little earlier, and it sounds like this is why. Pretty miserable conditions. It was 15 degrees, raining lightly and very foggy as I passed through Blackheath. Fingers crossed the injuries are only minor.
PThomson
20/01/2013
6:26:32 PM
A friend of mine who was on site assisting the Police told me the following (I've paraphrased and removed the name of the injured):

A young climber fell approx 10m from a ledge in bush "below wave wall" and was unable to move. Apparently he was semi-conscious and in a lot of pain. He wasn't climbing when he fell, and was in the bush at the time.

I'm not sure from what my friend has advised whether or not "below wave wall" means he fell from the Wave Wall part of the Glen (which would have been further than 10m, I think, and landed down at Porters) or down at Porters Pass (in the area below Wave Wall, which would be just before Dogs and Cats, and Apples Wall of Porters. I didn't want to push the point with my friend, it sounds like a trying day for all concerned.

E. Wells
20/01/2013
8:42:54 PM
There are 6- 10mtr cliffs directly beneath wave wall. my guess is looking for place to dump. Hope it works out ok and he recovers well.
FatCanyoner
22/01/2013
12:57:48 PM
An article in today's Daily Telegraph makes this one sound a bit worse (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/surgery-saves-a-life-on-cliff-ledge/story-e6freuy9-1226558489385)
Apparently paramedics had to anaesthetise the 23 yr old climber so they could drain his collapsed right lung before carrying him out of the bush. Sounds like he was placed on some sort of portable ventilator too.
At least the hospital statement that he is in a "serious but stable condition" is a positive sign.

Climboholic
22/01/2013
2:27:16 PM
It's terrible to hear about another accident and obviously I'm happy to hear he is stable. Sounds like he is very lucky to be alive.

Be careful out there! In case you didn't already realise, climbing can be dangerous if you don't take the standard precautions.

You would think the survival imperative is enough to remind people of this fact, but there have been so many accidents recently that I'm not so sure. If not for yourself, do it for the rest of us. Climbing will start to get a bad name.

Flame me for being insensitive if you will, but it's a repercussion we will have to deal with if the current trend continues.
Nick Clow
23/01/2013
8:19:55 AM
One has to be humbled by and grateful for the efforts of the emergency services (again), particularly the volunteers involved.

A large number of personnel were involved in this rescue: 'about 50 rescue workers and volunteers formed a human chain to carry him out of the bush'.

It could be any one of us one day and the fact that we have services like this should not be taken for granted.

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