Ambulance Victoria is responding to an incident in Port Fairy

Update: 4.30pm

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman has confirmed a 72-year-old man, injured in a wind surfing accident in Port Fairy, was transported to The Alfred Hospital with neck and suspected spinal injuries.

Update: 3.10pm 

A 72 year-old-man with serious neck injuries has been flown to a Melbourne hospital after a wind surfing accident in Port Fairy.

Port Fairy police Sergeant Mick Wolfe said the man was wind surfing with another man at Belfast Lough, which runs along Griffiths Street, on Wednesday afternoon.

“A gust of wind got him and threw him off the wind board and he has hyper-extended his neck,” Sergeant Wolfe said. 

He said the other wind surfer took the man to shore before flagging down a passing motorist who reported the incident to police and ambulance.

Sergeant Wolfe said three Port Fairy road ambulance crews and the air ambulance attended the scene.  

“He was conscious and has serious neck injuries. He’s just left now to go to Melbourne,” Sergeant Wolfe said.

Earlier:

Ambulance Victoria is responding to an incident in Port Fairy which has left a man in his 70s with neck and possible spinal injuries.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said an air ambulance travelled to Port Fairy to collect the man who was in a serious but stable condition. 

She said crews received the call at 1.20pm on Wednesday and circumstances around the accident were unclear at this stage.

“At this stage it looks like the man will be flown to a Melbourne hospital,” she said. 

More to come

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