Warning signs considered after man's riverbank leap

KAY BLUNDELL
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013
Devils Elbow
SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT: Devils Elbow on the Waikanae River, where a man injured himself after misjudging a jump into the water.

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Kapiti Coast District Council will look at putting up warning signs at a popular Waikanae River swimming hole where a young man was badly injured jumping off a cliff.

The 21-year-old, thought to be from Paraparaumu, jumped from a cliff at the swimming hole, known as Devil's Elbow, on Saturday evening and landed on the bank. He suffered broken bones and spinal injuries.

The Westpac rescue helicopter managed to land near the man and flew him to Wellington Hospital. He has been transferred to Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch, where he was in a stable condition yesterday.

Devil's Elbow is on a section of the river that runs through council land east of the Waikanae water treatment plant.

Spokesman Roger Foley said council staff went to Devil's Elbow yesterday. "We have staff checking to see if it is practical to put up a warning sign cautioning people." There are several high banks, and the fear is that cautioning people against one might encourage them to jump elsewhere.

Waikanae community board chairman Michael Scott said the accident was sad but he did not believe Devil's Elbow should be closed.

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter
Email: kay.blundell@dompost.co.nz

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