Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Spike in jetty jumping injures has lifesavers concerned

Tuesday January 28, 2014 - 08:58 EDT
Audience submitted image
A teenager jumps off the jetty at Henley Beach to beat the heat. - Audience submitted

Lifesavers say the popularity of people jumping from jetties in the summer weather is causing an increase in injuries.

A 50-year-old man was flown to hospital after jumping off a jetty at Wallaroo on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula yesterday.

The man hit his head and suffered suspected spinal injuries.

Shane Daw from Surf Life Saving SA says there have been several severe cases in the last few weeks and people often jump in without assessing the risks.

"We've had a young 13-year-old girl last week who potentially has spinal injuries so had to be treated and taken to hospital," he said.

"We've had some major lacerations and cuts and bruising. We've also had dislocations. We've had broken limbs and we've also then had people who've been knocked unconscious."

Mr Daw says unseen hazards often lurk just below the water line.

"At the jetties we've had out life guards and our surf lifesavers having to remove shopping trolleys that have been pushed over and you can't see those in the water," he said.

"With the tidal changes, we do get sand bars that do move we get high tides and low tides so it can be quite tricky.

"We don't want to be the fun police but we want people to be aware when you're doing that you need to know the risks."


- ABC

© ABC 2014

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Eastern Australia's frost season starts late but abruptly

18:52 EST

For most of Australia's frost-prone areas the frost season has started later than any other year since 2007 but now it has arrived with a shudder.

Summer to winter skipping autumn

12:49 EST

Although temperatures across the southern states have been more seasonal over the recent days, temperatures along the eastern seaboard have remained quite balmy.

Lake Eyre gets late flow from Queensland and more SA rainfall than usual

12:31 EST

Water is flowing into outback Lake Eyre, but somewhat differently from past flooding of the remote saltpan, travel guide Rex Ellis says.