TEAM EFFORT: Officer in charge of the Monto Police Station, Sergeant Mick Bazzo, worked with other emergency services to rescue a woman who fell at Cania Gorge.
TEAM EFFORT: Officer in charge of the Monto Police Station, Sergeant Mick Bazzo, worked with other emergency services to rescue a woman who fell at Cania Gorge. Mackenzie Colahan

Sergeant describes three-hour rescue mission at Cania Gorge

MONTO Police Sergeant Mick Bazzo said working with other emergency service personnel to rescue a woman at Cania Gorge on Sunday was both challenging and rewarding.

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers helped carry the elderly woman for 1km to a rescue helicopter after she slipped and fell at Dragon Cave while hiking in the national park.

Her severe shoulder and leg injuries meant she had to be stretchered out and Sgt Bazzo said the rescue took about three hours.

"The canopy cover meant she couldn't be winched out so we carried her out before she was driven 200m to a paddock where the helicopter was waiting,” Sgt Bazzo said.

"The most challenging aspect was the terrain we were walking on.

"Although it was a walking track, the ground was uneven so all the emergency services had to work well together.”

Sgt Bazzo said rescue efforts were made easier when emergency service personnel had a good working relationship with each other and the local rangers.

"So I feel really lucky to work in Monto,” he said.

"It turned out to be quite a long day but it was rewarding.”

The woman was airlifted to the Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

Sgt Bazzo said he hadn't received an update on her recovery.