WARNING: Whitsunday residents have been warned they risk serious injury and even death if they jump off or climb the rock face at Cedar Creek Falls.
WARNING: Whitsunday residents have been warned they risk serious injury and even death if they jump off or climb the rock face at Cedar Creek Falls. Contributed

Cedar Creek jumps could prove costly

RECENT rain has made Cedar Creek Falls a popular spot for visitors but thrill seekers have been warned against risking their lives by jumping or climbing up the rock face.

Whitsundays resident Alan Dufty has been an advocate of spinal injury prevention since his own injury from a motorcycle accident 40 years ago and this week spoke out against the dangers of jumping from the falls.

"People don't realise there are about three spinal injuries every year from people jumping off the Cedar Creek Falls. There was even a death a few years ago and every year people are getting serious injuries," he said.

"I've been in a wheelchair for 40 years and people need to realise that spinal injuries are permanent. They are with you 24/7, 365 days a year. It's all well and good to have a swim there but climbing or jumping off the rock face is very dangerous. There's no two ways about it."

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that after all the recent rain we have had, Cedar Creek Falls was a spectacular place to visit but urged visitors and swimmers to be cautious when enjoying the waterfall.

"Everyone is reminded that jumping from the rocks is strictly prohibited. No-one can be sure of the depth of the water when jumping and there are many submerged rocks and other debris in the pool," she said.

"It is extremely dangerous to jump from the waterfall. We hope this wet season people can enjoy the natural beauty of Cedar Creek Falls responsibly without it ending in tragedy."


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