INJURED RIDER WINCHED FROM BIKE TRAIL AT OURIMBAH

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a mountain biking crash on the Central Coast this morning.

Emergency services were called to an isolated track at Ourimbah shortly before 10.30am, following reports a male rider had fallen from his mountain bike while riding with mates.

Due to the inaccessible area, a crew from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were winch inserted down to the site. They were assisted to treat a 25-year-old male rider for chest and back injuries.

The man was loaded onto a stretcher and winched up into the helicopter. He was then flown to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Newcastle. After discovering a love for writing in primary school, Bella went on to complete a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle in 2018. She enjoyed a series of internships, including a gig at the Royal Easter Show, before receiving a full-time position at NBN's Tamworth bureau, where she worked for almost three years before moving to the company's Newcastle office in 2021.