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A teenage girl was fortunate to escape serious injury on Saturday after an attempted cliff jump went horribly wrong near Woolgoolga on the state’s North Coast.

A group of friends was at Emerald Beach Headland jumping into the water when the 16-year-old girl slipped and was smashed against the rocks before falling approximately 20 metres into the water.

Her horrified friends reacted immediately by jumping in after her, pulled her onto the rock platform, and alerted emergency services.

This prompted a multi-agency response to reach the injured teen.

Police and Ambulance were the first to respond with paramedics forced to walk around the rocks to access the isolated spot.

The NSW SES and Fire and Rescue Teams were also in attendance to provide assistance if required with an extraction.

Surf lifesavers from Woolgoolga SLSC were tasked to attend to provide water safety in an inflatable rescue boat (IRB), while the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was called in from Lismore.

A medical team was winched in to provide first aid to the young woman who was treated for abrasions and a suspected fractured leg.

After stabilising her it was decided that the best way to extricate her would be to use the IRB. She was transported by water to a nearby beach where she was released into the care of paramedics and taken to hospital for further assessment.


Monday 6 March 2018