Teenager rescued after 50m cliff fall

UPDATE: THE skills of Toowoomba emergency services workers were put to the test in a dramatic cliff rescue when a teenager fell about 50m in Jubilee Park.

Emergency services were called to the scene by a member of a group of youths who were enjoying an afternoon taking photographs in the park yesterday.

A witness at the scene said the group had split into two before the 17-year-old boy fell.

When he shouted for help, the other group ran to his aid across slippery paths, rocks and flowing water and called 000 for help.

Paramedics, Queensland Fire and Emergency technicians, Toowoomba Police and RACQ CareFlight made their way to the scene, several kilometres from the end of Rifle Range Rd in Mt Lofty.

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The slippery, muddy terrain proved treacherous and the call was made by paramedics to request an RACQ CareFlight helicopter to winch the teen from the scene.

Paramedics determined he had a fractured wrist and cuts to his head.

Station officer Peter Werder said it had been quite a technical rescue.

"It was very slippery because it was still drizzling rain this afternoon and we were working very close to the cliff where the male went over the edge," he said.

"And with the downdraft of the helicopter it makes the conditions extremely difficult to work in.

"The chopper had to get to a clear area to winch down their crewman and the male patient was underneath the canopy a bit, so they had to prep him and move him out to the clear area where the crewman could then winch him up to the helicopter," he said.

The boy was transported to Toowoomba Hospital. 

EARLIER:A DRAMATIC rescue is underway at Jubilee Park in Mt Lofty after a youth fell down a 50m embankment.

Emergency services were called to the scene by a member of a group of youths who were enjoying an afternoon biking and taking photographs.

Paramedics, Queensland Fire and Rescue technicians and RACQ CareFlight are at the scene winching the young man out.

At this stage he is believed to have a possible arm fracture and minor head injuries.


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