Cedar Creek jumps could prove costly

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

RE­CENT rain has made Cedar Creek Falls a pop­u­lar spot for visi­tors but thrill seek­ers have been warned against risk­ing their lives by jump­ing or climb­ing up the rock face.

Whit­sun­days res­i­dent Alan Dufty has been an ad­vo­cate of spinal in­jury preven­tion since his own in­jury from a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent 40 years ago and this week spoke out against the dan­gers of jump­ing from the falls.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise there are about three spinal in­juries ev­ery year from peo­ple jump­ing off the Cedar Creek Falls. There was even a death a few years ago and ev­ery year peo­ple are get­ting se­ri­ous in­juries,” he said.

“I’ve been in a wheel­chair for 40 years and peo­ple need to re­alise that spinal in­juries are per­ma­nent. They are with you 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s all well and good to have a swim there but climb­ing or jump­ing off the rock face is very dan­ger­ous. There’s no two ways about it.”

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said that af­ter all the re­cent rain we have had, Cedar Creek Falls was a spec­tac­u­lar place to visit but urged visi­tors and swim­mers to be cau­tious when en­joy­ing the wa­ter­fall.

“Ev­ery­one is re­minded that jump­ing from the rocks is strictly pro­hib­ited. No-one can be sure of the depth of the wa­ter when jump- ing and there are many sub­merged rocks and other de­bris in the pool,” she said.

“It is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous to jump from the wa­ter­fall. We hope this wet sea­son peo­ple can en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty of Cedar Creek Falls re­spon­si­bly without it end­ing in tragedy.”

WARN­ING: Whit­sun­day res­i­dents have been warned they risk se­ri­ous in­jury and even death if they jump off or climb the rock face at Cedar Creek Falls.

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