Bushwalkers rescued after getting lost in Macquarie Pass

Two rescue operations in opposite ends of the Illawarra region kept ambulance helicopters busy on Saturday evening.

Emergency services were contacted around 7.30pm after two teenage bushwalkers became lost in the Macquarie Pass National Park after they were separated from their group.

An ambulance rescue helicopter was deployed after an initial ground search by police failed to locate the pair.

‘‘The boys were actually spotted by the helicopter, which gave a latitude and longitude to police, who put it into their GPS, walked in and found them,’’ Ambulance Service of NSW district inspector Norm Rees said.

‘‘They were two kilometres into bush near a place called Jump Rock, at the bottom of Macquarie Pass.’’

The teens, who had been lost in the bush for around five hours, were treated on site for mild hypothermia.

Emergency services were also called out to the northern Illawarra around 7.30pm after a 57-year-old man fell off some rocks at a beach near Otford and broke his leg.

‘‘Again he was located by ambulance rescue helicopter and they winched a paramedic and doctor into him, who initiated treatment,’’ Insp Rees said.

The man, who suffered a broken tibia and fibula, was winched out and air-lifted to St George Hospital in a stable condition around 10.30pm.

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