Leg break leads to major rescue on Mount Feathertop

SES volunteers have responded to another major rescue operation in the Bright region after a woman broke her leg in two places on Mt Feathertop.

The volunteers and paramedics were called in about 5pm on Thursday after a woman twisted her ankle and notified emergency services.

About 20 people travelled about five kilometres on the Razorback track to help the woman.

It took about nine hours to retrieve the 46-year-old and take her back to the car park, with paramedics undertaking treatment along the way in darkness. 

Bright SES deputy controller Graham Gales said the woman and her husband had planned an overnight hike before the accident.

“It’s always a challenging rescue,” he said of the area.

“It was close to dark by the time we got to her.

“The track is very narrow and rocky – even working in daylight it’s a bit of a challenge, having to watch where you put your feet.

“Managing that in the dark and going up some of the slopes is a bit of a challenge.”

The woman arrived to safer ground about 1.20am on Friday, and she was found to have broken her leg in two places.

Mr Gales said there was a “mass of people” hiking in the region this time of year.

“There were probably another 10 cars in the car park,” he said.

“These people were prepared for the conditions, so that made it a lot easier to deal with.

“They were able to set up shelter, had food and water and were experienced.

“That makes it easier.’

It followed one of the most challenging rescues undertaken by the Bright SES crew on Tuesday.

Two women were undertaking water quality research for Monash University in a remote part of the Bogong High Plains.

One of the women suffered severe burns after tipping a pot of boiling water on her lower leg, leading to serious concerns from paramedics.

It took more than 10 hours and a round trip of nearly 100 kilometres to bring the woman back to safety.

A rescue operation was also undertaken at Eurobin Falls last Thursday after a person suffered serious head injuries.