Man rescued after 4WD rolls over him during recovery in Vic

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From 9 news:

Police have praised the efforts of a group of men who helped rescue their friend after a 4WD rolled on him in an isolated part of Victoria, leaving him with critical injuries.

Two meticulous winch operations were needed to free the 29-year-old at Wandong.

Adam Major told of the moment the 4WD, abandoned on a muddy track at Mount Disappointment, slipped and rolled over his friend.



"When we first saw the car go down, we didn't realise he was behind the car," he said.
"I looked around and said 'where's Michael', then we started yelling out for Michael and I thought, 'oh no maybe he was in the car or behind the car I ran down and just found him on the ground there,"

Adam was with a group of five when the 4WD, which was brand new, became bogged last night.
They used another vehicle to winch it to the top of a hill.
It looked stable so he says they removed the winch, but minutes later the 4WD started rolling backwards, pulling Michael Younin with it, then under its wheels.

As multiple agencies mapped out how to the reach the group, Adam and his friends were holding Michael's head still, to prevent further spinal injuries, and trying to keeping him awake.


Police, paramedics, CFA, MFB and SES then joined forces, using a specialised pulley system to winch the panel beater up an embankment.

"Due to the poor traction and angle it required the assembly of a rope pulley system including mechanical pulley systems to recover the stretcher up the cliff," Firefighter Bill Rouse, Richmond MFB, said.
He was flown by Air Ambulance to the Alfred hospital.

Sgt Tom Brown, from Victoria Police, said: "He's lucky he had his friends with him because they were the ones that actually brought it to our attention".
 

Barra GU

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Pretty sad valuable lesson.

4wd recoveries can go wrong with even the most experienced people.

I hope in the years to come 4wd saftey and off roading requires some type of "fun" valuable saftey course that isnt mandatory but heavily pushed to novices and people who wish to learn more taking away some benificial and valuable entry level techniques/info people can learn prior to heading out 4wding
 

smitty_r51

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I hope in the years to come 4wd saftey and off roading requires some type of "fun" valuable saftey course that isnt mandatory but heavily pushed to novices and people who wish to learn more taking away some benificial and valuable entry level techniques/info people can learn prior to heading out 4wding
Land Rover do the Discovery Days, and i know Izuzu do similar, think there was something from Nissan when i bought my Pathfinder as well

Just a basics, usually with an accredited trainer on how to operate the vehicle and basic recovery.

Not sure how many take the offer up, how many buy a 4x4 with no intention of taking it any further than the woolies car park
 
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