A MELBOURNE motorcyclist says people need to carry safety equipment when in the bush these holidays after he fractured his neck in a crash at Lorne.
An air ambulance transported Melbourne’s Ryan Carpenter to hospital when he hit a fallen tree near Lorne and fractured two vertebrae in his neck.
Other motorcyclists came to Mr Carpenter’s rescue during the October crash and activated an Emergency Position Indicating Radio beacon.
EPIRBs are tracking transmitters which help emergency services detect and locate boats, aircraft, and people in distress.
A road paramedic treated Mr Carpenter for neck and facial injuries until the air ambulance arrived.
Mr Carpenter said motorcyclists, bushwalkers and other holidaymakers needed extra safety precautions before travelling.
“I’d just say to people get an EPIRB, wear the right protective gear, always ride with someone and have a registered bike,” he said.
“We are pretty smart about our safety but an ambulance membership is just an extra precaution as well.”
Intensive care flight paramedic Ray Cornelius, who treated Mr Carpenter, said simple precautions helped Air Ambulance paramedics.
“Whether you are motorbike riding or bushwalking, it’s important to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back.”