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Rescue from under a 2.5 tonne tree
On Tuesday 11 February the Loch Rescue unit responded to a 000 call for a man trapped under a tree.
At 1214 hrs Poowong & Loch (Rescue) brigades were paged for a man trapped under a tree in Poowong.
On arrival the brigades were confronted with a man in his mid forties trapped under a large tree trunk pinning him to the ground and against the front of his tractor. The casualty is a member of CFA.
The casualty was initially assesed for injuries by CFA members as the ambulance service was not yet in attendance. His presenting injuries did not appear to be severe other then the physical constraints of a 2.5 tonne tree trunk firmly pinning him to the ground and against his tractor.
The tree was stablised by two XL Stabfast units with additional blocks and wedges positioned in and around the tree to protect the casualty from any further settling.
After an initial assessment it was decided that a crane would be the best system for the rescue. While the crane was being arranged, Loch Rescue members set up an air bag system to take the weight of the tree without moving it to any degree.
Following treatment by Ambulance Victoria paramedics, the crane and lifting chains were positioned and additional packing blocks deployed prior to the crane lifting the trunk from the casualty.
The rescue took about two hours. He sustained swelling and bruising but, to everyone's surprise, no major injuries or fractures.
Special thanks to Gows Cranes, Leongatha and Lancys JCB operators.