Publication date: Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Staff from Broken Hill Correctional Centre have been commended for providing first aid to an injured motorcyclist in the middle of the outback.
On Wednesday, 24 February four officers were transporting inmates from Broken Hill to Cobar. On their return trip to the gaol they came across an accident on the Barrier Highway, 150 kilometres east of Wilcannia.
A man had come off of his Harley Davidson after missing a bend. The rider and his bike travelled nearly 500 metres off the road along the rough dirt and only stopped after hitting a mound.
The officers immediately stopped when they came across the accident. They assessed the injured man and administered first aid. They instructed him to keep his damaged helmet on to prevent further neck or spinal injuries.
While assisting the man, the officers noticed that the motorcycle was leaking fuel. In the scorching 42 degree heat, the bike could have burst into flames. The officers cleaned the area and cleared the hazard.
The officers stayed with the man for nearly an hour until the police and paramedics arrived. The man was then taken to Cobar Hospital and the officers continued on their journey back to Broken Hill Correctional Centre.
Centre management praised the officers for their efforts. Acting General Manager Brad Peebles commended the officers for thinking quickly and remaining calm under pressure.