Race against time after teen boy falls from cliffs

UPDATE 12.20pm: The 14-year-old boy who fell about 20m from a cliff at a Sunshine Coast beach has been taken to hospital with facial injuries along with possible internal and spinal injuries.

An amulance crew took the boy to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. 

Witnesses said the boy was trying to take a photo at the top of the cliff before he lost his footing.

A lifeguard on a jetski was the first on the scene, with the location at the tip of the headland difficult for paramedics to access. 

Lifeguard supervisor Rhys Drury followed soon after, and said despite their fears the boy was in a promising condition when they arrived. 

"He was conscious, breathing but in shock, in a very awkward position the way he fell," Mr Drury said.

"Initial signs looked promising - he had feeling and movement on his legs, but he did fall on his back."

He urged people to be aware of the dangers on the headland and to stay well back from the edge. 

Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Shane Kropp said the rising tide put the pressure on crews to get the boy off the rocks, with paramedics eventually choosing to carry the boy in a stretcher about 400m across the rocks and up to the ambulance waiting at Moffat Beach. 

"Rocky terrain and the tide coming in made it a balancing act," Mr Kropp said. 

"The family seem to be okay friends were able to help him.

"He was talking to us and in a stable condition, (but) he wasn't able to get up by himself."
 

UPDATE 12.00pm: The rising tide has forced the hand of paramedics after a 14-year-old boy suffered severe facial injuries and possible spinal injuries in a fall from cliffs up to 20m high. 

The Rescue 500 helicopter was tasked to the scene, and emergency crews were discussing whether the boy should be winched off the beach and flown to hospital. 

But the rising tide forced crews to move the boy off the beach, and an ambulance will take the boy for urgent medical treatment. 
 

UPDATE 11.15am: A teenage boy has suffered "significant" injuries after falling from a headland cliff.

Paramedics have arrived at the scene, and found the boy at the bottom of the cliff at the Moffat Beach headland.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has requested a rescue helicopter, and paramedics will be taking extra precautions against possible spinal injuries. 

BREAKING 10.45am: Paramedics are rushing to a Sunshine Coast beach following reports a teenager has fallen from a headland cliff.

Initial reports to the Queensland Ambulance Service indicate the person has fallen about 10m down the cliff at the Moffat Beach headland.

Paramedics have been dispatched to Queen of Colonies Parade.

More to come.


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