Major rescue operation after man plunges 50m from cliff

LATEST @ 3.30 PM | Paramedics have been winched down to a man who fell 50 metres from a cliff in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The man, aged in his 70s, was hiking through Springbrook National Park at Natural Bridge when he fell around 10.00am on Thursday.

Due to the man’s position, the rescue chopper was called in to help with the rescue, winching a number of flight paramedics down to the man’s location.


“Flight paramedics are currently with the patient following a rescue at Natural Bridge,” QAS said.

“Early reports are that the injured hiker is in a stable condition.”

Earlier, Queensland Ambulance Service Officer in Charge Sean Breeden said the man was complaining that he “could not move his arms”.

“At this stage, we have a rescue helicopter from Lismore. We’ve located the patient and had two paramedics winched in,” Mr Breeden said.

“At this point, the helicopter’s gone back to Southport to refuel and we should hopefully be winching him out in about an hour.”

The man is expected to then be flown to hospital.

EARLIER @ 11.00 AM | A major rescue operation is underway in the Gold Coast Hinterland after a man reportedly fell around 50 metres down a cliff at Natural Bridge.

The horror fall happened at Springbrook National Park just before 10.00am on Thursday.

A number of emergency crews, including paramedics and firies, including the vertical rescue team, are on their way to the scene.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC initial reports suggest the man, aged in his 70s, fell approximately 50 metres.

His exact injuries are not yet known as crews are still attempting to reach him, however the spokesperson confirmed the man appears to be okay.

More to come.