Dramatic Drawing Room Rocks rescue after man falls 15 metres

The 74-year-old injured man is carried out of the Drawing Room Rocks trail.
The 74-year-old injured man is carried out of the Drawing Room Rocks trail.

Update: 10.15am

It what has been described as a “lucky escape”, a 74-year-old man who “tumbled” 15 metres down a steep incline at a popular Berry walking trail and lookout has suffered only minor injuries.

The man, who was walking with his wife at the time of the accident, can thank a tree which stopped his fall, for possibly not suffering more serious injuries.

Drawing Room Rocks is north west of the Berry township at Woodhill. Google Maps

Drawing Room Rocks is north west of the Berry township at Woodhill. Google Maps

The man, who was about halfway up the walking trail at Drawing Room Rocks, at Woodhill, north west of Berry about 6.40am on Tuesday (November 14), when he stumbled and fell over the edge of the track, and tumbled 10-15 metres down the steep incline.

NSW Ambulance paramedics and other emergency services prepare to haul the injured man up the steep slope.

NSW Ambulance paramedics and other emergency services prepare to haul the injured man up the steep slope.

The man, who is believed to be a Shoalhaven local, only came to rest against a tree, which stopped him falling a further.

Emergency services work to recover the injured man from 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

Emergency services work to recover the injured man from 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

The South Coast Register understands if the man had fallen a metre or so in another direction he could have plunged around four metres off a sheer drop.

The man’s wife raised the alarm with emergency services rushing to the scene.

NSW Ambulance paramedics used safety ropes to reach the injured man.

NSW Ambulance paramedics used safety ropes to reach the injured man.

Faced with a tricky rescue operation, NSW Ambulance paramedics, tethered with safety ropes, made their way down the steep incline to stabilise the man, who was conscious and talking with his rescuers.

NSW Police and Rural Fire Service Crews from Shoalhaven Heads, and Broughton Vale worked with paramedics to recover the man from his precarious position.

NSW Ambulance paramedics work to stabilise the injured man before he was transported to Wollongong Hospital.

NSW Ambulance paramedics work to stabilise the injured man before he was transported to Wollongong Hospital.

The rescue operation took around three hours before the man could be recovered from his location.

He was placed in a stokes litter and hauled back up to the track, from where he was further assessed and then carried to the car park at the bottom of the trail.

Emergency services combined to rescue an 74-year-old man from who had fallen 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

Emergency services combined to rescue an 74-year-old man from who had fallen 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

The NSW Ambulance Toll Rescue Helicopter also attended the scene with a doctor and paramedic form the Wollongong based helicopter accompanying the man by ambulance to Wollongong Hospital.

Emergency services work to recover the injured man from 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

Emergency services work to recover the injured man from 15 metres over the side of the Drawing Room Rocks walking track. Photo: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service

He was reported to be in a stable condition, but suffering numerous abrasions, with paramedics saying it was incredible he didn't appear to have suffered any broken bones during his fall.

Rural Fire Service crews prepare the Stokers Litter to carry the injured man.

Rural Fire Service crews prepare the Stokers Litter to carry the injured man.

8.40am: Rescue underway to recover injured man from Drawing Room Rocks

A man is being rescued from the popular walking trail and lookout Drawing Room Rocks, north west of Berry after falling five metres down an embankment.

A man is being rescued from the popular walking trail and lookout Drawing Room Rocks, north west of Berry after falling five metres down an embankment.

A rescue is currently underway at the Drawing Room Rocks, at Woodhill, north west of Berry.

Emergency services are on the scene at the popular walking trail and lookout to rescue a man believed to be in his 70s, who fell about five metres down an embankment.

NSW Ambulance was alerted to the emergency around 6.40am, with initial reports the man had fallen off a cliff.

It has since been confirmed the man fell about five metres down an embankment, suffering minor injuries.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the man had suffered minor injuries, including a number of abrasions to his body.

Numerous ambulance units including the Shoalhaven rescue truck, NSW Police and Fire and Rescue NSW crews are on the scene, as is the NSW Ambulance Toll Rescue Helicopter.

The man is reported to be conscious, with the difficulty being recovering from his location.

The South Coast Register understands man is located in a hard to get to location, with ambulance saying the recovering the man from his location was proving “difficult”.

Drawing Room Rocks is a beautiful lookout and popular walking trail north west of Berry.

Drawing Room Rocks is a beautiful lookout and popular walking trail north west of Berry.

There is no word on where the man will be transported to at this stage.

Considered nature’s drawing room, Drawing Room Rocks are located in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve about 10 minute drive from Berry and then a 45 minute walk to the summit.

The walk ascends from 250m to 600m above sea level along a track through forest and heathland then onto a plateau, where weathered rocks make up nature’s Drawing Room, with tables and chairs made of rock.

Drawing Room Rocks is north west of the Berry township at Woodhill. Google Maps

Drawing Room Rocks is north west of the Berry township at Woodhill. Google Maps

The unique shapes are the result of the weathering of the Hawkesbury Sandstone, over a long period by a number of different agents: wind, rain, cold, heat and chemicals in rainfall.

The sandstone of the Drawing Room Rocks is horizontal strata, so the flat table tops consist of stone made up of a harder more resistant mineral layer which has remained when the softer surrounding rocks have eroded.