A 44-year-old male had to be winched to safety after crashing his bike into a tree down a Mt Kembla mountain bike track.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Norman Rees said paramedics were called to the mountain bike track off Harry Graham Drive just before midday on Saturday.
‘’He was probably 50 to 100 metres in the bush. It’s fairly steep terrain,’’ he said.
‘’He had gone over a jump and gone down the hill and hit a tree and as a result has broken his right upper arm, clearly fractured some ribs and had significant pelvic pain.
‘’The decision was made to use a hauling party to get him out as the canopy was too thick for a helicopter.’’
Paramedics, police, Fire and Rescue and their special operations crew were called to the scene.
‘’A six-person hauling party was required to get the patient out,’’ Mr Rees said.
‘’We used a Ferno Mule, a piece of equipemt which is new to FIre and Rescue here.
‘’For want of better word, the Ferno Mule is like an all-terrain stroller buggy that we can put patients in. It’s used to carry patients out of the bush and take the weight off all the carry party. It just makes it safer for everybody.’’
The patient was transported to Wollongong Hospital for ongoing treatment and x-rays.