Stawell and Horsham State Emergency Services assist man at MacKenzie Falls | PHOTOS

STAWELL and Horsham State Emergency Service units were called to assist an elderly man who collapsed while walking in extreme heat at MacKenzie Falls on Saturday.

Stawell SES duty officer Jenny Rooke said the man collapsed about 5pm while walking on the popular tourist trail, about 300 metres from the MacKenzie Falls car park.

She said a combined 14 members from Horsham and Stawell SES units attended the scene along with Ambulance Victoria paramedics and Victoria Police.

“He was probably halfway down the walk. It looked like he’d been overcome by the heat and fainted,” Ms Rooke said.

“He was fine when we got to him. We put him on the mule (wheeled stretcher) and carried him out to the ambulance.”

Ms Rooke said temperatures in the Grampians yesterday were severe and plenty of tourists had taken the opportunity to travel to MacKenzie Falls.

“The car park was chocker-block,” she said.

“There were a lot of people down at the bottom of the falls swimming.”


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