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An explosion, a falling tree and a cow cause freak accidents keeping the rescue helicopter busy

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

An unexpected motor explosion, a falling tree in Moonbi and a rogue cow caused accidents over the weekend leaving three locals in hospital.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is on call 24 hours, 7 days a week and had a busy weekend assisting people in the New England area.

An explosion at an Arding property west of Armidale left a 40-year-old man with severe burns to his upper body and face on Friday 14th August.

The man was working on an outboard motor when it exploded around 12:30 pm and paramedics were called immediately.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and determined the severity of injuries required specialist treatment.

The man was transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney for treatment in the specialist Burn unit, where he remains in a stable condition.

On Saturday 15th August at around 3:15 in the afternoon, a 23-year-old man was injured while felling trees in the Moonbi Ranges.

A tree fell on the man leaving him in a serious condition, suffering multiple injuries including fractures to the chest, face and upper body.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to treat the man before being airlifted to Tamworth Base Hospital for treatment.

Late Sunday 16th August around 9 pm the rescue helicopter was tasked with transferring the young man to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for specialist medical treatment in relation to his injuries from the tree felling accident a day earlier.

In an unusual accident, a 59-year-old woman suffered a broken lower leg after she appeared to be running from a cow at a property in Stannifer around 6:15 pm.

Paramedics were called to the scene and requested air transport to Tamworth Base Hospital however terrible weather conditions prevented the helicopter from landing.

NSW Ambulance Service transferred the woman to Inverell airport where she was finally airlifted to Tamworth Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Doctors in Tamworth's emergency department treated the serious break and the woman remains in a stable condition.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a volunteer-based service to a world-class medical assistance provider since its inception in 1975.


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