Multiple Hikers Rescued From SE-Qld Mountain
Hikers are being warned to take Queensland's hot weather into account after more than half a dozen people were rescued off one mountain on Tuesday.
An 18-year-old man was airlifted to hospital with possible spinal injuries and multiple cuts after he fell down Mt Tibrogargan on the Sunshine Coast about 9.30am.
The Queensland Ambulance Service's Allan Ross said he tumbled up to 40 metres just past a place called Chicken Rock.
"In this case the patient was lucky, he came to rest against something but he could have easily gone off the mountain, which would have far more serious effects than just the injuries he has," he said on Tuesday.
Mr Ross said emergency services were also called to help at least six other climbers who became stranded on their way down Mt Tibrogargan.
"There were possibly multiple other climbers who needed help to get down past the steep ascent area as well," he said.
"Given the fact that it's probably 32 degrees at least out here at the moment it's not a great day to be out climbing."
Mr Ross said although the climbers made a sensible choice in calling for help, he warned others to plan ahead before they went hiking.
"Given the time of year and temperatures, I would always suggest being back down the mountain by 9am or 10 o'clock in the morning at the latest," he said.
"If you're going to climb the mountain you need to be prepared; have some experience or if you don't have experience, have somebody else with you who does so you can make some sensible choices."