Teen airlifted off cliff face in dramatic rescue

UPDATE: A GOLD Coast teenager has been winched to safety by the CareFlight Rescue Helicopter after plunging down the side of a cliff in the hinterland this morning.

The 19-year-old man and two friends had been attempting to climb down the side of Lower Ballanjui Falls at Binna Burra when he slipped.

Rough terrain made it impossible for ground crews to reach the injured teenager who had fallen around 30 to 40 metres and became stranded on a small rock ledge of a sheer cliff.


The Gold Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue team was tasked and QAS Flight Intensive Care Paramedic Jaye Newton was lowered from the chopper to the injured man.

“Basically I had to secure the patient first so that he couldn’t fall any further,” Jaye Newton said.

“It was tremendous flying by Pilot Dave Bashir and Ryan Purchase the aircrewman who lowered me down to the boy by winch.

“This was the most difficult winch mission that I have done in 14 years on the job.”

The teenager had relatively minor lacerations to his lower left leg.

He was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Ground crews led his two friends back down from the side of the falls safely.

EARLIER: A MAJOR rescue operation is underway in the Gold Coast hinterland this afternoon following reports a group of young bush-walkers had fallen down an embankment.

Initial information is sketchy, however it’s believed a 19-year-old man and a number of his mates may have fallen off a walking track near the Lower Ballanjui Falls in the Lamington National Park.

Thick vegetation has forced paramedics, firefighters and SES volunteers to ditch their rescue vehicles and walk a further 4km to the scene of the accident.

Injuries are unknown. An emergency helicopter is on standby.