Date of Incident
Collecting firewood at 11pm at night. Light was still okay with it being summer but headlamp was still being used. It was warm, pleasant and I had been in the situation, alone many times in the past. I fell head first down a 15ft ravine into broken dead wood. My head hit a trunk with caused concussion and vomiting. A stick went into the upper part of my arm which got infected and turned green. I also suffered injuries to my pelvis but am not sure what it is as I cannot be bothered going to hospital
In a hazardous situation such as this it would have helped hugely if someone else was present. If the worst happened and I had sustained a fatal injury then I doubt I would have been found for quite some time as I was far away from any path. I also became unconscious and woke up in a river. My feet were wet but if my head went in first it could have been much worse. The main thing I have learnt is to not put myself into a hazardous situation when alone.
Cuts, abrasions or other minor injury, Concussion / head trauma, Spinal injury
Fall or slip
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