18 October 2021

Man stretchered from Mt Majura after bike crash

| Lottie Twyford
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ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and SouthCare combined specialised skillsets yesterday afternoon in a remote area rescue. Photo: ACT ESA.

Late yesterday evening (16 October), a man was stretchered out of Mt Majura after a bike crash.

Due to windy conditions, the patient could not be airlifted and instead was walked out through approximately 800 metres of steep terrain.

He was then transported to hospital after being stabilised.

The rescue required the combined specialist skillsets of 13 crew members from the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and SouthCare.

The patient is now believed to be in a stable condition.

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Yesterday’s rescue follows one last week, where an allegedly drunk driver learned the hard way about the dangers of floods.

He had to be rescued from rising waters by police, who then found he was also two-times over the legal limit for alcohol.

Canberra Airport recorded 27.2 mm of rain in 24 hours by Thursday morning (14 October), according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

NSW Police said officers were patrolling the Molonglo River causeway on Briars Sharrow Road, Carwoola at about 5:30 pm on 14 October when they saw a vehicle stuck in flood waters.

The road had already been closed by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

The driver, a 48-year-old Queanbeyan man, tested positive to a breath test, was arrested then taken to Queanbeyan Police Station where allegedly he returned a reading of 0.141 grams of alcohol in 200 millilitres of his blood.

Police said the driver will be issued a court attendance notice for driving with a mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol.

“In addition to the dangers of driving whilst intoxicated, police would also like to remind motorists of the dangers of flood waters and not to drive in them,” a police spokesperson said.

“If the road is closed, please do not drive past the road closed signs. Please find an alternative route.”

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Finagen_Freeman1:58 pm 17 Oct 21

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