A 54-year-old man kayaking down the Nymboida River was airlifted to hospital suffering hypothermia.
A 54-year-old man kayaking down the Nymboida River was airlifted to hospital suffering hypothermia. Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter

Kayaker rescued from gorge country

A KAYAKER suffering hypothermia was airlifted from the Nymboida River after a rescue effort played out around midnight.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the location after the kayaker set off an epirb.

AUSSAR passed on the emergency call-out to NSW Police who requested the assistance of the helicopter.

The crew winched a paramedic into the location who waited until first light in the bush.

The helicopter went to Grafton until the weather improved and at first light returned to winch a 54-year-old male from the river suffering hypothermia.

The patient was flown to Grafton Base Hospital in a stable condition.