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Jay Weatherill 'embarrassed' after broken leg triggers rescue operation

Former South Australian premier carried through national park after breaking leg while bushwalking

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The former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill after breaking his leg while bushwalking in Mount Remarkable national park



The former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill after breaking his leg while bushwalking in Mount Remarkable national park.
Photograph: Facebook

The former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill says he is feeling “more than a little embarrassed” after breaking his leg while bushwalking with his family in a national park, triggering a rescue operation.

Weatherill was hiking at Hidden Gorge in Mount Remarkable national park on Sunday when he fell and broke his lower right leg. It took emergency service workers and volunteers more than two hours to carry the politician uphill through the bush to a waiting ambulance.

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“I want to thank them and everyone involved in my rescue and care,” the former state Labor leader wrote on Facebook.

The former premier said he was OK but more than a little embarrassed.

“I have a broken lower right leg and am feeling more than a little embarrassed for causing all this fuss,” he said.

Weatherill, who was South Australian premier from October 2011 until March 2018, resigned from the Labor leadership after losing the last state election.

He remains the MP for Cheltenham in Adelaide’s west and sits on the backbench.

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