Woman winched to safety

A 25-year-old woman was airlifted from Kakadu National Park after having fallen while walking above Gunlom Falls yesterday afternoon.

The woman was injured when she fell about three metres onto rocks while walking along the rocky cascades at the top of the waterfall.

CareFlight, operating the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, tasked the Top End Rescue Helicopter to the scene at about 4pm, with a doctor and flight nurse aboard.

While flying over the popular tourist destination, CareFlight lowered a flight nurse down a winch on to the rocky terrain to the patient.

A Park Ranger, and two nurses who were visiting the falls, had provided initial care for the injured woman and were then assisted by CareFlight’s medical crew.

The woman was then winched to the helicopter, with CareFlight’s team providing ongoing care as she was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable condition.

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