Farmer rescued - Coonamble

Published: 08 Mar 2022 12:12pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews have helped rescue a farmer whose fingers became stuck under a tractor plough near Coonamble in the state's Central West.

Around 2:30pm yesterday, a fire crew was dispatched to a farming property, 35 kilometres west of the town.

The firefighters discovered the 50-year-old farmer had three fingers caught in a flexi-coil chisel plough.

The farmer had been trapped for two hours when he was found by a visiting neighbour.

Due to no mobile phone coverage in the area, the neighbour travelled some distance from the property before he could alert emergency services.

An ambulance crew advised it would have to await the arrival of Critical Care Paramedics due to the possibility of the farmer suffering from "Crush Syndrome" or trauma brought on by his injuries.

Once the patient was stabilised, the fire crews commenced the extrication, attaching a chain pull set to compress part of the machinery and release the pressure on his hand.

After three-and-a-half hours, the man was released and carried to the waiting Ambulance on a spine board.

He was transported to Sydney by NSW Ambulance.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for an emergency can be the difference between life and death.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Stations nearby

COONAMBLE Fire Station

95 Castlereagh Street, Coonamble NSW 2829

GILGANDRA Fire Station

15 Warren Road, Gilgandra NSW 2827


64 Cassilis Street, Coonabarabran NSW 2357