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‘Don’t jump, unless you want to become a paraplegic’, is the warning from Tweed Hospital emergency department director Dr Rob Davies after another near miss at Byron Bay’s Island Quarry last week. Swedish tourist Emma Weisglas had a very lucky escape after a quarry jump went horribly wrong. As she approached the edge of the 20-metre drop on Monday last week, her foot slipped on the edge of the fall and instead of landing feet first, her legs folded underneath her body and she landed in the water on her back.

Ms Weisglas was taken to the Tweed Hospital and after observation and further x-rays was told she would most likely make a full recovery. It is reported that Ms Weisglas had seen the ‘no diving’ sign but thought it would be ‘okay to jump’.


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