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Teen critical after waterfall slip

There are grave concerns for a teenage boy after he fell headfirst from a popular waterfall in Queensland. 
There are grave concerns for a teenage boy after he fell headfirst from a popular waterfall in Queensland.

A teenage boy is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a waterfall near Cairns.

Paramedics rushed to Isabella Falls in Edmonton at about 11:52am on Thursday after recieving an emergency call about the teenager.

It’s understood that the teenager suffered serious head and chest injuries in the fall.

The small waterfall is popular with tourists visiting Cooktown.
The small waterfall is popular with tourists visiting Cooktown.

He was winched out of the area by a rescue helicopter before being taken to Cairns Hospital for treatment.

The boy had been visiting the popular swimming site with friends and is understood to have slipped.

Isabella Falls is notorious for its slippery rocks which have been known to cause casualties.

A 19-year-old woman died after falling at the waterfall in 2022.

Local residents have called on authorities to close public access to Isabella Falls in the wake of the deaths.

“We just heard the sirens and then all of a sudden here we are,” one resident told the Cairns Post.

“The last one was 12 months ago, some young people slipped on the rocks.

“The council put up a sign down there after the last one saying this area is not looked after by the council, you go at your own risk, people have died here.”