Man Rescued After Ballina Break-Wall Fall

A team of emergency workers including surf lifesavers, paramedics, Police and State Emergency Service personnel safely effected a dramatic rescue on the State’s Far North Coast late last night.

The Surf Rescue emergency response system was alerted to reports that a man had fallen off the break-wall at Ballina shortly after 8pm on Tuesday.

The man, 43, had fallen off the northern break wall near the entrance to the Richmond River, and had sustained multiple serious injuries to his back and neck.

Members of the public provided initial assistance to the man who had fallen into the water by moving him onto the sand away from the turning tide.

Surf Life Saving personnel including the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat and Far North Coast Branch Duty Officer attended the scene to provide support to paramedics who were stabilising the man.

Far North Coast Surf Life Saving spokesman Jimmy Keough praised the efforts of everyone involved in the rescue.

“It was a great team effort from all emergency responders on scene who contributed to the effectiveness of this rescue in what were very difficult circumstances,” said Mr Keough.

“The assistance of the State Emergency Service crews who provided additional lighting played a key role in allowing us to safely evacuate the patient.”

Plans to transport the man by boat were aborted, and the man was transported to hospital after being stabilised.

Wed 7 Jan 2015