Queensland bushwalker crawled for two days with shattered leg

18 Septembre, 2019, 13:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Neil Parker 54 fractured his leg and wrist in the six-metre fall on Sunday while walking by himself in Cabbage Tree Creek on Mt Nebo northwest of Brisbane

Neil Parker said he had to "carry his leg" as he crawled 3km in two days to a place where he could be rescued.

A bushwalker who fell six metres down a waterfall crawled for two days with a shattered leg until he was finally rescued.

The experienced hiker said the entire bottom half of his leg was hanging loose thanks to a "clean snap in half".

'I climbed the waterfall many times before (but) with it being so dry and the lime on the rock, slipped, ' Mr Parker told reporters from hospital on Wednesday.

The hiker then walked for two days lifting his leg and scrambling.

Parker had been hiking at Mount Nebo, north-west of Brisbane.

"At night-time I was sleeping on rock, I had been crawling on rock all day - everything was hard so most of the pain I was going through was constantly being on hard rock".

Queensland Health said he lifted his broken leg every step of the way.

Some of the terrain at Cabbage Tree Creek
Camera Icon Some of the terrain at Cabbage Tree

After 48 hours, 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), "a protein bar and some lollies", Parker was spotted by a helicopter and winched to safety.

"I had had enough of laying on rocks and I just started imaging nice fluffy pillows", he said.

"The family connection, to let them know that I'm OK, just kept driving me", he said, adding that he would now be reunited with his son after several years of distance between them.

"[My sister] rang my kids in New Zealand and my son said he would fly over next week".

"Gee, I wanted to talk to him".

The Brisbane Bushwalkers community launched a search party on Monday, with a rescue helicopter finally spotting him on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Parker and his family are expected to speak to the media about the two-day feat later this morning.

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