Ground assault exercise transitioned into a medical evacuation portion with mock casualties.
Man pierced by pole saved by CareFlight
CareFlight, an Australian helicopter rescue operator, has reported on an incident it attended in northern Sydney. An 18-year-old man impaled his leg on a pole after falling from a height of three metres. He was working at a construction site in Lane Cove.
CareFlight dispatched its rapid response helicopter to the scene, landing in the field of a nearby school. A specialist doctor and intensive care paramedic provided treatment for more than an hour and a half in order to stabilise the patient whilst Fire and Rescue NSW used specialist cutting equipment to free him from the pole. The scene was also attended by a ground ambulance, into which the man was then loaded. The CareFlight team accompanied him until he arrived at Royal North Shore Hospital, reportedly in a stable condition.
CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked to Blacktown shortly after 14:00 hrs.
Following a natural disaster, one of the IAF’s main missions is evacuation of injured civilians.
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NHS Grampian has ruled that the mishap was a one-off due to human error.