Praise for rescuers after lifting schoolgirl up 150m cliff

A STUMBLE before the final hurdle of a school camping adventure at Crows Nest National Park resulted in a 12-hour rescue for a Darling Downs Christian School student.

Emily Yarrow, 14, could not continue on after twisting her knee on a track at the base of a steep cliff during a bushwalk on Friday afternoon.

Crows Nest police officer-in-charge Sergeant Greg Dawes said firefighters and paramedics worked methodically into the early hours of Saturday morning to lift the injured teen up a cliff face.

Sgt Dawes was among the emergency service personnel as well as teachers and schoolmates who remained at the national park until Miss Yarrow was safe.

He said the trail was deemed too steep, narrow and winding to stretcher the injured girl out.

"They ended up having to do a 150m vertical lift," Sgt Dawes said.

"It was cold and it was very long."

Darling Downs Christian School principal Adrian Fitzpatrick said a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students had spent the previous night on an outdoor education camp and were crossing a creek bed when the incident occurred.

He said the school and parents were very appreciative of the extensive lengths emergency services went to help the injured student.

"We appreciated the long night they put in," Mr Fitzpatrick said.

He said Miss Yarrow was at school yesterday, on crutches.


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