Emergency water rescue after creek fall
A WOMAN has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after she was pulled unconscious from a rapid flowing creek north of Townsville.
The woman, believed to be in her early 30s, slipped and fell into the water at the Paradise Waterhole at Crystal Creek at about 12.20pm on Saturday.
Witnesses said the woman hit her head when she fell and was submerged for about two minutes before they could pull her out of the water.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said members of the public conducted CPR on the woman and she regained consciousness but started vomiting.
The woman and her rescuers then waited on a rock surrounded by fast flowing water for emergency services to arrive.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QAS, police and a swift water rescue team were called to the scene.
It is understood crews had to hike about 1km along the Bullocky Toms Track to reach the woman.
A rescue helicopter was tasked to attend but bad weather conditions prevented it from reaching the location.
The woman was taken by road to the Townsville Hospital in a serious condition suffering from an altered level of consciousness.