A dramatic rescue operation has successfully freed an abseiler who plunged four metres down a cliff and spent a night trapped in a canyon in NSW.
The 62-year-old man was abseiling at Pipeline Canyon in the Wolgan Valley, near Lithgow, when he fell and landed on his back at the bottom of the canyon on Saturday afternoon.
The experienced abseiler has back and elbow injuries, NSW Police said.
Despite a member of the group setting off a locator beacon and rescue crews being sent out, the strong winds meant the man could not be removed on Saturday.
But early the next morning crews set out to the remote location to retrieve the injured man.
“The man was winched to safety by Ambulance Helicopter and flown to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition about 7.30am,” NSW Police confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
The Lithgow and District Rescue Squad said on social media a walk-in party was able to move the man to a nearby spot to help reach the rescue chopper.
The abseiler was stabilised overnight and rescuers returned on Sunday to get the man to safety.