Girl hurt playing on Wooli 'sand slide'

A 13-YEAR-old Queensland girl suffered a spinal injury while playing at the Wooli "sand slide" with friends on Christmas Eve.

The incident followed one of a similar nature the previous week.

The "sand slide" is a sand dune on the southern bank of the Wooli River that people often run or slide down on boogie boards.

Marine Rescue Wooli unit commander Richard Taffs said they always had their eye on the sand dune because it was such a popular holiday activity.

"The sand slide is great fun but people need to be aware that it is very steep and it is easy to lose control when sliding and running down, especially where there is only a shallow layer of coffee rock towards the bottom. People need to be aware of the risk," Mr Taffs said.

Coffs Clarence police inspector Jo Reid said the girl ran down the dune and felt her back crack and give way.

She said the girl felt tingling and could not feel her toes.

She was taken across the river and paramedics took her to Grafton Base Hospital.



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