Boy injured after fall from jetty

COFFS Harbour police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward after a five-year-old boy was seriously injured in a six-metre fall from the Coffs Harbour jetty on Friday.

Police said the boy was with his grandparents on the timber jetty at the Jetty Foreshores about 3.45pm when it appeared he slipped through the railing and fell about six metres on to wet sand.

His grandparents immediately ran to his aid and emergency services were called, with paramedics treating the boy on the scene before taking him to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The little boy, who suffered a fractured leg and head injuries, was later transferred to the Sydney Children's Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are treating the incident as an accident and are trying to piece together exactly how the boy fell to the sand below.

First-aid trained Brigitte Klinkers, who was at the Foreshores with her 10-year-old son on Friday, did not see the accident but was able to help provide initial first aid until the paramedics arrived.

She said she felt deeply for the boy and his family.

"I was just glad to be able to do something," Mrs Klinkers said.

"Kids can be so quick - one second they are next to you and the next they are gone.

"It is such a tragedy and I hope he comes through it."

A mother of three children aged four, six and 10, she said she did not like her own children going near the edge of the tall structure, a Coffs Harbour landmark for nearly 120 years.

She said there were many people on the jetty and at the foreshores on Friday, enjoying the sunny school holiday.

She has already given her statement to police.

The jetty had an open deck during its commercial working life and for many years afterwards.

It was closed to the public in 1990 and reopened after restoration in 1997, when safety railings were added.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at Coffs Harbour Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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