Walker winched from Kakadu National Park

Friday 22 June 2018, Darwin 

A man aged in his 60s was winched to safety from Jim Jim Falls and taken to hospital after he collapsed after experienced chest pain while walking in the popular tourist location earlier this week.  

Operating the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, the CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter took off for the scene in Kakadu National Park at 12:15pm.

Once overhead, the helicopter crew lowered a flight nurse down to the creek banks. The nurse then made his way a few hundred metres along the rocky creek line to the patient.

Meanwhile, with nowhere to land nearby in the dense bush terrain, the helicopter circled above.

A number of volunteers helped carry the man on a stretcher back along the difficult terrain to where he could be safely winched up to the CareFlight helicopter.

CareFlight’s doctor and flight nurse continued to care for the man as he was flown to Darwin.

He was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable condition at 3.30pm.

CareFlight’s team praised those who carried the man over very challenging terrain and helped him get the professional medical care he needed.