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THE State Government is appealing to Victorians, particularly young people, to stay safe and be aware of the risks associated with diving into water this summer.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos and the director of the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Austin Health Associate Professor Andrew Nunn, and 26-year-old paraplegic Josh Davis, are urging young people to check water depth before diving to avoid severe spinal cord injuries.
Mr Davis was swimming with friends in the Murray River last January when he jumped from a mate’s shoulder into the water and severely injured his spine.
Every year, around six people come to the Victorian Spinal Cord Service with their lives irreversibly changed by a split-second decision to jump into shallow water.
The force as the head hits the bottom usually impacts on the vulnerable mid neck.
This can result in fractures and dislocation of the vertebrae and severe damage to the soft spinal cord, and lead to quadriplegia. We’ll make sure you’re adequately insured in case of a bushfire
DON’T RISK IT: If you can’t see under the surface, it needs to be physically checked.