CLOSE CALL: A crowd gathers at the scene of the fall.
CLOSE CALL: A crowd gathers at the scene of the fall.

Boy, 12, survives cliff plunge

Sally Gordon

A BOY, 12, slipped off the edge of a rocky cliff face yesterday, fell almost five metres and landed on his back at Yamba??s lighthouse hill. The Yamba boy had been playing with his mate around the rocks at ??The Key??, between Main Beach and Turner??s Beach, about 9.30am when he lost his ?? footing and dropped onto rocks at the bottom of the cliff. A North Coast Area Health Service spokesperson said the child was in a stable condition and had been transferred yesterday afternoon from Maclean District Hospital to Lismore Base Hospital for surgery and scans. Acting police duty officer Dave Scott said the boy fractured his wrist, suffered bruising and sustained possible back injuries. He said at the time of the accident the boy had been trying to find a place to jump from and while walking around the cliff had lost his footing and fallen. Officer Scott said the boy??s friend then rushed over to the Yamba Surf Club for assistance. Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Jim Baird said the on-duty lifeguard, Hugh Dougherty, immediately rang the ambulance on triple-0, returned to the site and administered first aid to the boy. The boy was given oxygen therapy and wrapped in a space blanket. Ambulance crews arrived soon after and two officers walked out to the site. It is believed when help arrived the boy was conscious but still in shock. Mr Baird said the clubhouse caretaker, Steve Bodie, took an IRB through the surf to the location . Police yesterday commended the victim??s friend and said he did all he could to stop his friend from falling.



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