Rescue mission turns to tragedy as walker falls to his death from helicopter

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Rescue mission turns to tragedy as walker falls to his death from helicopter


A walker has fallen 100ft to his death from a helicopter that rescued him after he twisted his ankle near Lake Eildon, Australia.

The Herald Sun reports that the victim was being winched to safety when he fell.

His hunting partner had called for help and the helicopter flew 100km from Melbourne.

The man, who weighed over 100kg, was being lifted upright with a paramedic in a harness.

"I understand he was at the door of the helicopter and they were attempting to get him into the helicopter when it happened," Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella told Sky News.

"The flight crew and the paramedic winched back down to the scene to attempt to resuscitate the patient but unfortunately he was beyond help.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the man's family. We are also providing support to the flight crew and paramedics involved."

It is not clear how the man injured his ankle.

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