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Paddler airlifted to John Hunter with suspected spinal injuries

An elderly man has been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital with suspected spinal injuries following a surfing accident at Fingal Bay this morning.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) was tasked by New South Wales Ambulance at 9.10am on Tuesday 20 April, following reports a person had been dumped in the surf near Port Stephens.

It is understood he suffered numerous injuries.

“The 75-year-old male patient was dumped on a sand bank while on his paddle board,” a WRHS spokesperson said.

“That incident caused possible back and spinal injuries, as well as other physical complaints.

“Members of Fingal Bay Surf Life Saving Club and lifeguards supported the gentleman in the water and retrieved him back to the beach.

“There, he was treated on the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and the helicopter’s Critical Care Medical Team for neck injuries.

“He was then conveyed direct to John Hunter, in a stable condition, for further specialist medical treatment.”

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