Daring hillside rescue as teen thrown from bike

Daring hillside rescue as teen thrown from bike

16/08/2021, 2:12 PM

Over the weekend Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Mansfield Unit volunteers took part in the heroic rescue of a 15-year-old at Howes Creek, after the teen had come off his motorcycle and sustained a broken leg.

The call for help, came shortly before 10:00am on Saturday from Ambulance Victoria, as the steep incline where the teen lay may have necessitated a high-angle rescue.

VICSES volunteers arrived with a vehicle and crew member to survey the scene from the top of the hill, and another to find the patient. They were ably assisted by Victoria Police, and family and friends of the teen, to find an alternate route to carry the teen out. This allowed VICSES volunteers to stand down the high-angle rescue.

VICSES volunteers then used a mule, or single-wheel stretcher, to take the teen to an ambulance, where he was conveyed to an Air Ambulance.

Quotes attributable to Northeast Duty Officer Troy Milner:

“Volunteers at the unit did an amazing job. Their composure and confidence during the event was commendable."

Quotes attributable to Acting VICSES Mansfield Unit Controller Roz Fauvel:

“If you are out riding your motorcycle or even just out in the bush, it’s best to go with a group who are readily able to call for help; should a mishap occur.”