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Rescue with a difference
On Saturday 8 December at 1336hrs Loch Rescue was responded to a tractor down an embankment with the driver trapped.
On arrival Loch Rescue were advised that a 71-year old farmer was unable to get out of his tractor which had slipped down an embankment while slashing a fire trail through his bush block.
A complication was that the farmer had a disability which limited his ability to move effectively.
After a 10 minute 4 wheel drive trip into the bush Loch Rescue crews arrived at the site. With the use of a vehicle winch they were able to stabalize the tractor.
Although not trapped in structural sense the farmer was unable to climb out of the cabin due to the angle of the tractor and the limitations of his physical condition.
The steering wheel was removed and with a back board the farmer was assisted in his removal and was none the worse for his experince.
In attendance was Police and ASV.