A boy washed off rocks at the bottom of Pilot Hill is winched up to the Careflight helicopter.
A boy washed off rocks at the bottom of Pilot Hill is winched up to the Careflight helicopter. Adam Hourigan

Boy's suspected spinal injuries

A YAMBA teenager is in hospital with suspected spinal injuries after hitting his head on a rock while mucking around with his mates on a rock ledge below Yamba's Pilot Hill lighthouse.

One of the first people on the scene, Yamba intensive care paramedic Jim Lawrence, said the 17-year-old was on the ledge which incoming waves break over, creating the feeling of being inside the tube of a wave, with around six mates.

"One of his mates bumped him and his head went back and hit the rock ledge," Mr Lawrence said.

"He climbed up off the ledge and was complaining of a sore neck and some tingling in his neck and back."

The Gold Coast CareFlight helicopter was dispatched about 12.30pm to assist emergency services workers as red marker buoys offshore indicated the location of the teenager.

After being assessed by intensive care paramedics, as his distressed parents watched, the teenager was winched to the top of Pilot Hill for further examination by paramedics.

"A young fellow was playing down on the rocks on the water's edge, he fell, hit his head," Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Clarence duty officer Peter Sweetman said

"He suffered some symptoms of possible spinal injury."

The teenager was assessed by CareFlight paramedics and flown to the Gold Coast with suspected spinal injuries.

He remained there last night in a stable condition.



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