No Fear as rescuers lift Cairns teen from ledge
TEN emergency services personnel spent almost three hours rescuing a 15-year-old boy from a rocky ledge at Redlynch Valley's Crystal Cascades yesterday.
Four paramedics and six Queensland Fire and Rescue technical response unit officers clambered over slippery rocks and contended with rapids to recover the boy from a cliff-face dubbed "No Fear".
The boy, who ignored the "no diving" signs, intended to jump into the swimming hole but was struck by heat-related illness, a paramedic said.
"It was a very difficult spot and very dangerous, with slippery rocks and rapids," intensive care paramedic Jo Selby said.
"(A group) had walked down the track and they had gone across the river and on to the other side on the rock face.
"They were climbing up the rocks to jump off. (The 15-year-old) felt unwell so we treated him up there."
Emergency services were called at 12.30pm and performed a vertical rescue, using abseiling equipment to move the boy from the ledge.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed the boy had needed help to get down from the ledge.
"(The technical response team) had to bring him back across the water," she said.
"It was a hybrid type of vertical rescue. They had to swim him back across."
The boy was taken to the Cairns Base Hospital for monitoring. He was not physically injured.
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Frama: Rescuers with the 15-year-old boy cross the river. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS