Man rescued after Bondi cliff fall

EAMONN DUFF
Last updated 00:00 19/01/2014
Man falls 5m at Bondi
DANIEL SHAW/Fairfax

BIG FALL: Dimitri Maskovich is rescued after falling five metres onto rocks at Bondi Beach.

Relevant offers

Australia

Top 10 richest Australians worth A$100 billion - AFR Rich List Gable Tostee tells Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O he's back on Tinder Ardent Leisure considers developing part of Dreamworld precinct Cheating Australian man woke to hissing gas bottle in ute after 'powdery' beer bought by wife, court hears Huge price for number plate '29' Two trams derailed in separate collisions with trucks in Melbourne Teen kept captive and sexually assaulted after high school formal, court told Accused Australian drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury was reportedly a sex worker Wurst day ever: Man chokes on sausage, crashes car Accused tax fraudster spent A$100,000 on strippers and escorts in four months

A Sydney bodybuilding celebrity was the subject of a dramatic rescue operation after he plunged more than five metres down a cliff.

At approximately 4.15pm (NZT), paramedics were called to Ben Buckler Point, located at the northern tip of Bondi Beach, where Dimitri Maskovich had fallen whilst climbing the same rope he had scaled hundreds of times previously.

According to police reports, the rope broke and local identity crashed to the rock base below. Crowds of onlookers watched on as Bondi lifeguards joined police and paramedics to help stabilise Mr Maskovich.

Suffering serious leg injuries and suspected fractures, the 48 year old was delicately winched back up to the roadside and transported to St Vincents Hospital.

"We called the helicopter but the difficulty in those sorts of situations is getting the patient back up to the road," said an ambulance Service of NSW spokesman.

"On this occasion, the special operations paramedic team were able to use a rope and cradle board to carefully lift the patient up to the road."

Mr Maskovich is a self-proclaimed former agent in the Soviet special forces but Bondi locals have come to know him as the head of a small army of male fitness fanatics who frequent the outdoor gym near North Bondi Surf Club.

When he’s not leading press ups at the popular fitness spot, he can often be found scaling the Ben Buckler rope, on which he posed for a 2010 ‘Rope for Hope’ photo calendar which raised money for African AIDS orphans.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Ad Feedback

- Sydney Morning Herald

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content