Air­lifted from the top

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Crys­tal Jones

ON A sunny day in March, Ste­vie Burscough and three of her best friends de­cided to do some­thing dif­fer­ent by climb­ing MtWalsh.

The team set out ready to tackle the pop­u­lar hik­ing spot near Biggen­den.

“I was climb­ing MtWalsh, I think it was a Sun­day af­ter­noon,” Miss Burscough said.

“It was the first time we’d ever climbed it and we got to the top and didn’t re­alise it was go­ing to be as dif­fi­cult as it was.

“When we got to the very top we were tak­ing all these pho­tos.”

Miss Burscough said they wanted to do a star-jump like photo.

That was the mo­ment ev­ery­thing changed in an in­stant.

“My an­kle gave way and my body slammed side­ways,” she said.

“As soon as I looked at it, it was just so swollen.

“I ended up with a bruise on my hip the size of Aus­tralia.”

The only res­cue chop­per that could deal with a mountain res­cue was in Bris­bane.

“Be­cause the he­li­copter had to come to Bris­bane we had to wait a lit­tle while for it to get there,” Miss Burscough said.

Once the chop­per ar­rived, res­cuers were let down near Miss Burscough to find out what had hap­pened.

“It was so loud we couldn’t hear what they were say­ing then the he­li­copter left so they could hear what was go­ing on,” Miss Burscough said.

“They laid me down in the bas­ket and winched me into the he­li­copter,” she said.

“The he­li­copter was too big to land at the hos­pi­tal so they had to drop me at the air­port and get an am­bu­lance to the hos­pi­tal.”

“It wasn’t bro­ken so that was good.

“I rup­tured a cou­ple of lig­a­ments and frayed oth­ers.”


UP THE MOUNTAIN: Ste­vie Burscough and her friends on Mt Walsh.

Ste­vie Burscough was jump­ing up on Mt Walsh.

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