Mansfield Courier - - Property Guide -

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.

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