A QUEENSLAND man is lucky to be alive after falling 40m off a cliff in the Border Ranges National Park, north of Nimbin, on Wednesday night.
Police, NSW Ambulance and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers converged on the Blackbutts Lookout on Tweed Range Rd in the national park just after 1pm yesterday.
Two National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers were patrolling the lookout yesterday morning when they discovered an empty car with the driver's door open and the stereo blaring at the picturesque lookout.
When they turned the engine off, they heard calls for help from below the lookout deck.
The 33-year-old man appeared to have fallen from the railing edge of the lookout before falling down a steep descent and off a cliff. It is understood he fell at about 10pm on Wednesday night.
Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT) paramedics and two police rescue officers, secured by rope around a large tree, were the first ones to reach the stranded man when they abseiled down to his location.
The paramedics and police rescue officers had to fight their way through thick scrub on the descent and at the completion of the rescue, had to be winched out by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
This was after the helicopter winched the stranded man off the cliff just before 7pm.
He was flown to a landing in Tyalgum where he was met by paramedics from Murwillumbah and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital..
The man sustained a head injury and other abrasions.
Kyogle Police Sergeant Aaron Reid said the area's dense terrain was difficult to navigate.
"It was a difficult rescue in the conditions because of the weather and the terrain," he said.
"But these guys are very well trained."
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