A joint training weekend for South Australia's Country Fire Service and Victoria's Country Fire Authority took on a new twist yesterday, when a senior member suffered a fall in the Naracoorte Caves complex in SA's south-east.
The man from Horsham, in south-west Victoria, had been touring the Stick Cave when he tripped and injured his ankle shortly after midday ACST.
Naracoorte brigade captain Darren Murray says help was close at hand, with the 54-year-old's colleagues coming to the rescue.
"We used one of the local crane operators here in Naracoorte, they sent a crane straight out and we lowered the crane hook over the edge and hooked it onto our stretcher and just hauled him straight up and out into the waiting arms of the South Australian Ambulance Service," he said.
The man was taken to Naracoorte Hospital to be treated for a suspected sprained ankle.