WATCH: ‘Miracle’ rescue operation after elderly woman falls
THE Granite Belt's first responders united for a rare rescue operation on Saturday night after an elderly woman fell down an embankment near a popular national park.
Police, firefighters, paramedics and SES crews from Wallangarra and Stanthorpe were called to a property in Wyberba after reports a 70-year-old woman had suffered serious leg injuries.
Border patrolling Australian Defence Force members were also called to assist with the operation.
Wallangarra police Sergeant John Fletcher said the rescue was made significantly easier by the readiness of the six ADF members.
"This was pretty rare to have than many resources available and the Defence Force were very forthcoming with resources," Sgt Fletcher said.
"It made the job, while difficult and trying, a lot more achievable in a more reasonable timeframe because she was in considerable pain."
The woman suffered four broken bones in her left ankle, muscle damage in her right leg and a shoulder injury, requiring first responders to stretcher her down.
The four-hour operation on difficult terrain was one Sgt Fletcher said he'd never experienced before.
"It was a massive team effort, and everyone worked incredibly well together," he said.
"The fireys were basically finding a path, they would go ahead and find a route.
"This was a bit more of a dangerous situation, coming down, I don't know how there wasn't a broken leg from someone else - it was a miracle."
Sgt Fletcher warned hikers should take a commonsense approach before heading into the bush
"I think it's more a matter of being switched on and being aware of the local resources and what is available," he said.
"There was no blame on their behalf, sometimes accidents just happen but it's just common sense stuff."
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