Woman hurt at tourist cave

A 72-year-old tourist had to be carried to safety yesterday after she fell down steps at Lake Cave near Margaret River.

The woman, who was visiting the region with family, tripped and fell down the steps at the cave on Conto Road.

The RAC Rescue helicopter was sent to the popular destination about 1.30pm.

Augusta Margaret River SES helped the hurt woman from the cave. Fire services also attended.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said the woman was carried out on a stretcher after rescue crews decided it was not safe to winch her out.

Pip Close, from Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, said the woman fell as she was entering the cave.

She was with her family, who remained with her during the rescue, and was in a "considerable amount of pain".

Ms Close said the visitor had fallen in a very awkward spot and the rescue took almost two hours.

It is believed the woman had a hip or back injury.

She was treated at Margaret River Hospital.

The West Australian

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