A FRIEND of an experienced Launceston rock- climber who was injured on Tuesday expects him to make a full recovery.
The rock-climber, 68, was climbing with another man on cliffs by the North Esk River near Corra Linn, when he accidentally fell 6 metres.
Authorities were alerted at 2pm and police, paramedics and State Emergency Service volunteers worked to rescue the man.
A police helicopter crew winched the man to safety and he was taken to the Launceston General Hospital in a stable condition.
Launceston rock- climber Ian Ferrier said his friend had had a bad fall and wished to keep a low profile.
"He is under observation in the hospital and they are checking him to see if there is anything more serious," Mr Ferrier said yesterday.
"But it appears he will make a full recovery over time.
"He is certainly one of the more experienced climbers in Launceston.
"It was just one of those freak accidents.
"It was not due to any misadventure."
Senior Sergeant Mike Gillies, of Northern Police Search and Rescue, confirmed that the incident was accidental.
He praised emergency services personnel, particularly SES volunteers, for their efforts in rescuing the man.
The area where the man fell was about 2 kilometres away from the nearest road, which posed some difficulties, but Senior Sergeant Gillies said the operation went smoothly.