AMBULANCE Victoria was called to Wilsons Promontory last Saturday afternoon after a man slipped on rocks at Picnic Bay at about 2.15pm.
It was just one of hundreds of calls for assistance, many of them heat related, as temperatures soared into the high 30s and beyond.
Ambulance Victoria said they were called to the Picnic Bay Carpark area where they found that a swimmer in his 30s had slipped on rocks after getting out of the water.
He fell about two metres and sustained head and back injuries.
As a result of his remote location, the injured man had to be winched to safety by air ambulance helicopter and flown to Latrobe Regional Hospital in a stable condition.
Paramedics were also called to 33 heat-related incidents across Victoria on the day and they have subsequently issued a warning, reminding people to take care in the heat.
Another six calls were received for children locked in a car. None of those required treatment.
Several other people were injured on Saturday in accidents in and around water including:
• A man aged in his 40s was swimming when he hit his head on the end of the pool at Mulgrave at 7pm. He was taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition.
• A woman in her 20s hurt her back when she dived into a pool at Dandenong just before 5pm. She was treated by paramedics and taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition.
• A man in his 30s is in critical condition after being pulled from the water at Lederderg Gorge just before one o’clock. He is believed to have become unconscious after jumping into the water feet first. The man was pulled from the water by bystanders and treated by paramedics. He was taken by road to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
• A man in his 30s in has back injuries after his personal water craft hit a sand bank in the Fitzroy River at Tyrendarra at about midday. He was flown by air ambulance helicopter to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition.
• A woman in her 20s injured her neck when she was dumped while swimming at Torquay just before 11am. She was taken to Geelong Hospital in a stable condition.
• Paramedics were called to separate incidents of intoxicated women entering the water early Saturday morning – one at St Kilda, the other Ocean Grove. Neither required treatment.
Locally, ambulance officers have also been kept busy, although thankfully not at road accidents. There have so far been three fatalities in Victoria this year, two on Thursday, January 5 at Hazelwood North and Shepparton and one at Scarsdale near Ballarat on Friday.