Call for care on the Bump Track

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EMER­GENCY Ser­vices are warn­ing ath­letes to be care­ful train­ing for the Cairns Ad­ven­ture Fes­ti­val, af­ter re­ceiv­ing three call­outs to the Bump Track.

The no­to­ri­ous 6km track was orig­i­nally an Abo­rig­i­nal trail be­tween the coastal and moun­tain regions and was a cru­cial link to Port Dou­glas for set­tlers and min­ers.

Port Dou­glas am­bu­lance Of­fi­cer-in-charge Craig Down­ing said they were called out to the Bump track last Satur­day to help a woman train­ing for the RRR race, when she came off her moun­tain bike 2km up the track.

“We had to use the 4WD am­bu­lance to get up there and treat her, she had pe­ri­ods of loss of con­scious­ness and iso­lated frac­tures,” he said.

“She’s the third pa­tient we’ve seen with cy­cle in­juries on the Bump Track re­cently and we were re­ally pleased she had a GPS de­vice and knew ex­actly where she was and was able to lead us there. We ap­pre­ci­ated the cy­clist was well pre­pared, that in­for­ma­tion made her life a whole lot eas­ier.”

They cy­clist was taken to Cairns Base Hospi­tal with a sus­pected frac­tured skill.

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