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Helicopter Rescue Death: Walker Dies In Australia
An Australian bushwalker who was being winched to safety during a rescue operation after hurting his ankle has fallen to his death.
The man was being winched into an air ambulance after twisting his ankle near Mansfield, northeast of Melbourne, on Saturday, when he fell.
"I understand he was at the door of the helicopter and they were attempting to get him into the helicopter when it happened," said Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella.
"The flight crew and the paramedic winched back down to the scene to attempt to resuscitate the patient but unfortunately he was beyond help.
"We have a very good record here in Victoria but that's because we do learn and understand what goes wrong when it goes this wrong and we'll do the same in this instance.
"This is devastating for the crew. They spend their whole lives putting themselves at risk for patients and in this instance something's gone astray."
Ambulance Victoria suspended all winching operations following the incident. Mr Sassella said the equipment used in the accident was of a very high standard.
"What happened here today we just need to try and understand," he said, adding his thoughts were with the family of the man involved."
The victim has not been named.