| 25.08,19. 01:50 PM |
Prisoner escapes Port Macquarie hospital despite police firing warning shot
Photo: The prisoner Matthew Furner escaped this morning. (Supplied)
A prisoner is on the loose after escaping from custody at Port Macquarie Base Hospital on the NSW Mid North Coast.
Prisoner Matthew Furner, 28, was being treated about 8:00am when he escaped, with guards firing a warning shot during the incident.
The hospital is under lockdown and police are urging the community to avoid the area and not approach the man if he is spotted.
A large-scale search involving local police, traffic and highway police, the dog unit and the police helicopter is underway.
Furner, who was wearing prison greens, was last seen running down the Oxley Highway near Lake Road.
He is described as 180 centimetres tall, with a slim build, shaved head and a rat's tail.
It is understood Furner was a prisoner at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, about 25 kilometres from the hospital and the Port Macquarie town.