Man, 86, rescued after falling into ravine
POLICE have rescued an 86-year-old man after he fell into a ravine in a state forest on the Mid-North Coast.
About 3pm Saturday a passer-by spotted a silver Mitsubishi Lancer bogged off Slaters Rd near Upper Lansdowne in the Comboyne State Forest, southwest of Port Macquarie.
The passer-by spoke to the elderly driver who told her he did not require any help, however, concerned for his welfare she contacted police anyway.
When police attended the scene to check on the man they found his car locked and unattended.
Officers searched the area on Saturday afternoon but were unable to locate the man.
The search resumed yesterday (Sunday) morning involving police, Polair, the State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Rescue Association.
About 11am, a police officer from Comboyne was patrolling Koppin Yarrat Rd when he noticed an unattended bag.
He went to investigate and found the elderly man “upside down at the bottom of a ravine”.
The man had fallen about 10m and sustained a suspected fractured skull.
He was rescued from the ravine and driven to the local showground before being airlifted to the Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for treatment.