Gold Coast lift shaft fall sparks major rescue operation

UPDATE: A MAN has been rescued after spending the night trapped down a lift shaft at a Gold Coast construction site.

Emergency crews rushed to a location off Casino Drive in Broadbeach around 6.30am this morning after being alerted to the trapped man.

They immediately launched a major rescue operation along with Queensland Fire crews.


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The man, aged in his 20s, was freed around 8.30am and treated on scene for a hand injury and suspected spinal injuries.

He has since been taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

Queensland Ambulance Operations Supervisor Liam Kingsbury says he was surprisingly in good spirits, despite falling about nine metres and spending the night in the shaft.

“He was just very grateful for everyone assisting him and getting him out of there, he had been in there a while… since 9.30pm last night, so he was just very very grateful to be out,” Kingsbury said.

“He was conscious, talking to us, interacting quite well.

“He was very very lucky and we are very grateful to QFES that they were able to extricate him for us.”

The man is not believed to have been a site worker, with police investigations into the circumstances leading up to the fall now underway.

EARLIER: A major rescue operation is currently underway at a construction site on the Gold Coast.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC a man has fallen down a lift shaft at a location off Casino Drive in Broadbeach.

The accident happened around 6.15am on Saturday.

Paramedics are on scene assisting fire crews with the rescue.

It’s not yet known what injuries the man has sustained.

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