Twenty-six-year-old Mortlake shearer has life-saving surgery in Warrnambool

A 26-YEAR-OLD shearer has had life-saving surgery after cutting himself twice in accidents late Sunday afternoon.

A police spokesman said there was a road accident near Mortlake late Sunday afternoon and a driver would be charged with drink driving.

One of the shearers, who had been having a few drinks, was dropped off at his Mortlake home but had to try and get in through a toilet window.

He cut himself and then went to a neighbour's home where he tried to get help.

The man banged on the back door, then on a window, which broke, he fell through the window and badly cut himself.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said that service was called to a Mortlake address about 5.30pm to assist a man with cuts to an arm.

He was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital in a critical condition.

It is understood the shearer, originally from New Zealand, suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed into emergency surgery.

The last report was that the man had survived surgery and remained in hospital.