A NSW man who was bitten by a highly-venomous death adder snake while bushwalking has had to walk for 20 minutes to get help.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service says it was sent to retrieve the 51-year-old man just after midday on Saturday from Seal Rocks, on the NSW mid north coast.
The man was bushwalking on a remote walking trail when bitten by the snake and was forced to walk for 20 minutes to the Treachery Camp Ground in order to get phone reception and contact emergency services.
Local Ambulance Paramedics arrived and began treating him before calling in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
He was stabilised by the critical care medical team and flown to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a stable condition.
Death adder venom contains highly toxic neurotoxin which can cause paralysis or even death. It can deliver the fastest strike among all venomous snakes recorded in Australia and can kill a person within six hours after the bite.
Australian Associated Press