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Man rescued from Tasmania's popular Totem Pole


A 26-year-old man remains in a stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital after being winched to safety from one of Tasmania's popular rockclimbing areas.

Around 8pm last night police from Marine and Rescue Services and paramedics responded to a report of a 26-year-old climber who had injured himself while traversing from the Totem Pole back to Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsular.

Police say he sustained a spinal injury and required winching from the area.

“Due to the remote location of the injured man, the Rescue Helicopter winched a paramedic and police rescue crew member to the patient. An assessment was conducted by the crew and the safest option to retrieve the patent was with a team of search and rescue roping specialists,” said Senior Constable Chris Williams.


“The roping specialist worked through the night hauling the injured man by hand, 45 metres from his location to a ledge. He was then carried 200 metres over rough steep scrubby exposed cliff top to the Cape Hauy lookout where he was winched to the helicopter."

“The height of the cliffs, strong winds and darkness made this a very challenging and technical rescue with 18 winches conducted to insert crew to the location and retrieve the man up the cliff and into the Rescue Helicopter," he added.


The man was transported to hospital in a stable condition.

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