Coochiemudlo Island jetty injury

JUMPING DANGER: The dangers of jetty jumping have been raised after a man was injured at Coochiemudlo Island on Sunday. Photo: Brian Williams

JUMPING DANGER: The dangers of jetty jumping have been raised after a man was injured at Coochiemudlo Island on Sunday. Photo: Brian Williams

The dangers of jetty jumping have re-surfaced after a man was injured when he slipped off a jetty roof at Coochiemudlo Island on Sunday.

Vice-president of the island’s Surf Life Saving Club Colin Sloane said he pulled the man out of the water onto a rescue board after the incident.

“He was unconscious when we pulled him out of the water,” he said.

The man, believed to be in his twenties, cut his foot and had lacerations under his chin and on his knee. He also sustained a possible dislocated shoulder.

It is understood the man may have hit a steel structure and handrail when falling from the roof.

Mr Sloane said the club had about 20 people doing first aid training on the island, who were able to assist the man.

RESPONSE: Coochiemudlo Island Surf Life Saving Club members attend to a man who was injured on Sunday. Photo: Supplied

RESPONSE: Coochiemudlo Island Surf Life Saving Club members attend to a man who was injured on Sunday. Photo: Supplied

He said on some days there were 30 to 40 people running along the roof and jumping into the bay.

Mr Sloane said lifesavers told them to stop the dangerous behaviour but were invariably ignored.

“It’s dangerous. We’re just waiting for someone to hurt themselves,’’ he said.

Councillor Lance Hewlett said jetty jumping on Coochiemudlo Island had been an ongoing issue and warnings from compliance officers, lifesavers and responsible adults had been continually unheeded.

“There have been several other unreported injuries in recent times,” he said.

“I, along with marine infrastructure officers are currently investigating ways to ‘jump proof’ the jetty including the possible installation of CCTV.”

Cr Hewlett said the jetty, which was upgraded in 2015, was supposed to be jump-proof.

He said there were signs indicating that the activity was illegal.

“I get continual complaints about it, but it’s difficult to stop them doing it. Whatever we do, they seem to get around it.”

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man was taken to Redland Hospital in a stable condition.

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