Emergency service crews worked through the night to rescue a climber who injured his spine while traversing the Totem Pole at Cape Hauy, in the state’s South on Monday.
Police from Marine and Rescue Services, along with Ambulance Tasmania paramedics, responded to the incident about 8pm.
Senior constable Chris Williams said a 26-year-old man needed to be extracted from the area, after injuring his spine.
“Due to the remote location of the injured man, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched a paramedic and police rescue crewman to the patient,” he said.
“An assessment was conducted by the crew and the safest option to retrieve the patent was with a team of search and rescue roping specialists.
“The roping specialist worked through the night hauling the injured man by hand, 45 metres from his location to a ledge.
“He was then carried 200 metres over rough steep scrubby exposed cliff top to the Cape Hauy lookout where he was winched to the helicopter.
“The height of the cliffs, strong winds and darkness made this a very challenging and technical rescue with 18 winches conducted to insert crew to the location and retrieve the man up the cliff and into the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.”
The man was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a stable condition.