Police and SES called to rescue fallen girl at Marom Creek
A 10-year old girl is in a stable condition in Lismore Base Hospital tonight after breaking her leg in a terrifying eight-metre fall at Marom Creek falls.
The girl suffered a compound fracture in the accident, which reportedly happened when she slipped on leaf litter at the clifftop, according to a Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crewman.
The Westpac helicopter was called to the scene alongside local police and the Ballina SES, and treated the girl on the ground before electing to winch her out of the inaccessible area.
She was flown to Lismore Base Hospital with serious leg injuries and facial lacerations.
The accident was originally reported as Dalwood Falls, but is in fact Marom Creek waterhole on Rous Rd, several kilometres to the west, on the boundary of Lismore City Council and Ballina Shire.
Police and SES are en route to rescue a girl who has reportedly fallen from the cliffs into the waterhole at Dalwood Falls near Alstonville.
Ballina Shire Council erected signage and barriers at the popular swimming spot earlier this year to warn off swimmers following the death of a 30-year old man in January, who had dived from the cliffs surrounding the waterhole.
Most injuries and fatalities at swimming holes involve swimmers jumping from surrounding cliffs, ropes, and trees.
Ballina mayor David Wright said on Friday the council's efforts to keep people away from the site had at first been successful but swimmers were slowly returning as the weather warmed up.
The waterhole sits on the boundaries of several properties but the land leading to it from Dalwood Rd is owned by the council.