A 16-YEAR old boy was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital last Tuesday morning after a nasty tumble whilst sandboarding down an infamous sand dune at the Mouth of the Powlett River.
The Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 10 student was participating in an Outdoor Education excursion when he suffered the fall and came to a halt in the water at the bottom of the sand dune.
The student was dragged to the shore and complained of severe back pain and was unable to walk.
In a two-hour rescue mission, emergency personnel repelled down to the river bank and lifted the boy to the safety of the air ambulance helicopter and he was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Police and SES also attended to lend a hand.
He underwent surgery and has since returned home, and his family has reported that he is progressing well.
Student airlifted from Powlett River