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Helicopter rescue for 61-year-old woman after kayaking mishap on Franklin River



A helicopter rescue team has airlifted a woman from Tasmania’s rugged Franklin River system after she injured herself during a kayaking expedition.

Member of Tasmania's Westpac Rescue Helicopter leaning outside of the aircraft, during the rescue of a 61-year-old woman from Tasmania's north-west's Great Ravine rapids area
A member of Tasmania’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter team surveys the terrain over the kayaking party.(Supplied: Tasmania Police)

Search and Rescue members in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania responded to a personal locator beacon activation in the Great Ravine area of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, police said a 61-year-old woman from Tasmania’s north-west was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

She had been part of a group kayaking on the Franklin River, which is popular with adventure tour companies…

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