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March 3, 2021

Popular Nimbin swimming hole claims another life

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The swimmer, from Sydney, is believed to have hit his head on a rock at the Hanging Rock Falls north of Nimbin.

Emergency services were called to the swimming hole around lunchtime yesterday but a search failed to find the body.

The search was suspended, and police divers twill try to recover the body  this morning.

The swimming hole has a history of tragic accidents and rescuers have had to winch people out many times over the past 10 years.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, which has conducted more rescue operations at the falls than at any other swimming hole in the region, airlifted the victims for neck and spinal injuries.

Four years ago, a 14-year-old teenager slipped off the cliff face as he tried to access the rope swing and his body was found in seven metres of water later by police divers.

In 2003, a Canadian tourist also drowned at the swimming hole, which is very popular with tourists to the region.

But visitors are often not made aware of the dangers of swimming there.

The waterhole is managed by the NSW Crown Lands while the land next to the swimming hole is crown reserve and managed by the Wadeville Reserve Trust.

(The Youtube video above shows the Hanging Rock Falls waterhole and rope swing popular with young men).

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    • No number of signs, or even how many languages the sign is in, not even a 2m fence are going to stop people jumping, swimming, diving We have the same occurring at Crows Nest Falls, north of Toowoomba. On a hot day, the promise of cooling down AND having fun is too much temptation.

  1. My condolences to this young mans family. Having suffered a similar loss of my own son 10 months ago at another site this breaks my heart. Crown Lands have to make sure all these spots have warning signs each summer and check them regularly and replace them.

    • I am very sorry about the loss of your child. I kow how it feels. It saddens me every day to have lost my son there. I had to visit that site and saw how a government makes decision for political gain and do not take ALL the necessary steps to make it safe for people to enjoy on the contrary even make it more dangerous. I decided that 3 lives lost and serious injuries there is enough. That is why my solicitors are taking the necessary steps so that the NSW government (represented by the Wadeville Reserve Trust) take up their duty and at least indicate the dangers associated with this place. I only hope that through those actions no more lives are lost at that site (and all sites in NSW) and horrible life changing accidents do not happen or at least the risk as such is no bigger than crossing a street. And maybe something positive comes out of this whole saga. Now it feels as it happened for no reason at all. Please feel free to email me.

  2. I was a tourist who decided to swing and jump off that rope. The first jump was fine, the second I was off balance only a little, that hurt. A friend also jumped twice that day, he also landed wrong and somehow had hurt his eardrum. So yeah that is a dangerous jump and people of average coordination should beware!

  3. My family owned the land at the falls many years ago, I also know the most recent land owner who erected signs advising of the danger and asking people to keep of private property, because no one would pay any attention to the signs he signed the land over to the Wadeville trust. My heart aches for those who have lost their lives there. It’s is a beautiful spot but local knowledge is needed and tourists should stay away when they don’t know the dangers.


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