31 December 2021

UPDATED: Woman rescued after rock-climbing fall at Booroomba Rocks

| Albert McKnight and David Murtagh
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Emergency services successfully rescued the woman after she fell at Booroomba Rocks. Photo: ACT Policing

UPDATED 6:40 pm: A 26-year-old Canberra woman has been rescued after she fell while rock climbing at Booroomba Rocks in the Namadgi National Park.

Police received a report of an injured climber on the Hermes Climbing Track, Booroomba Rocks at around 11:30 am. It was initially reported that the woman fell around 15 metres; however, it is now believed the woman fell around six to eight metres.

ACT Policing said she fell down a rock face while rock climbing in the area, and was found by an off-duty ACT police officer who called for assistance.

The off-duty member is also a part-time member of the AFP Search & Rescue Team and was able to guide rescuers to the injured woman, as well as providing vital information about her condition.

Due to the location of the injured woman, a coordinated rescue was made using AFP Search and Rescue (SAR), ACT State Emergency Service (SES), ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS), ACT Parks and Toll Rescue assets.

The woman was assessed and treated at the scene by ACTAS remote access paramedics before being successfully airlifted by the Toll Rescue helicopter at about 2:30 pm.

The woman has been taken to hospital for further medical treatment.

It is believed her injuries are not life-threatening.

3:30 pm: Emergency services were called to southern ACT on Thursday (30 December) after a person fell about 15 metres off a rock face.

The person, whose age and gender has not been released, fell at Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park, which is a popular area for rock climbing.

At about 2:00 pm, an ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesperson said the State Emergency Service, police and ambulance members had been called to the site, along with a helicopter from Wollongong to assist with the rescue efforts.

They said ground crews were heading to the location before the helicopter arrived and would work out how to extract the patient.

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Currently, the only known injury the person has suffered is a fractured leg, but emergency services planned to assess them further.

The spokesperson advised that those looking to head outdoors should take care when out bushwalking: tell someone where you are going, where you will be and when you will return. Also, carry a mobile phone with you.

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