On Monday 26 August, the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Schlink-Hilton Hut (near Guthega) in the Kosciusko National Park to retrieve an injured cross country skier. The 84 year old male had sustained injuries including possible broken ribs.
He was initially assessed by a passing skier who happened to be a doctor. Using a satellite phone from another passing group they called for medical assistance. The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter and the ski patrol from Perisher, along with the police from Jindabyne and Cooma were alerted. Snowy Hydro SouthCare crews located the party at approximately 4pm at the Schlink-Hilton Hut where the patient was assessed and airlifted to The Canberra Hospital.
In the past two years helicopter missions in the ACT and Southern NSW have climbed by 25%, with 498 completed last year and 372 missions performed in 2011 – an increase of 126 missions.