A rescue gone wrong.
Canyoning is not what I'd call an extreme sport, people die canyoning but usually in flash floods. Plenty of people have accidents bushwalking and rock climbing, I wouldn't call them extreme sports, either.
A NSW Paramedic died on Christmas eve when he was smashed into a cliff face while on winch, rescuing an injured patient. An incident occurred and the winch line had to be cut. The story is that the helicopter was not in danger, which is the only circumstance I would imagine would prompt releasing the winch line.
Michael Wilson, 42, who had more than fifteen years experience as a paramedic, leaves his wife Kellie and their children, Eliza, Grace and Hugo.
The injured canyoner is in hospital in a stable condition.