This time last week, our precious fifteen year old son and his mate went for a walk on Tallows Beach, Byron Bay. What followed was every parent’s worst nightmare. An innocent scramble around the Cape Byron headland following a goat track ended up with him falling many metres onto the rocks below. He suffered multiple skull fractures and brain injuries. He was retrieved by Emergency Services and flown by Westpac helicopter to the Gold Coast University Hospital for urgent brain surgery and remains in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit. We are still unsure whether he will make it through the next few days, and if he does, what the future will bring.
The most heartbreaking thing about all of this is that this accident was completely avoidable. After examining media articles and talking to local Police, we have found out that many people have had to be rescued from this same spot. According to media reports, the track looks deceptively easy from the beach, but is in fact, extremely dangerous, and it is only when you get into trouble that you realise that there is no way back.
We know that our son and the boy that was with him are sensible, considered and mature. There is no way they would have undertaken such a risky venture if they had known about the dangers, and this is what makes the pain so unbearable.
We petition NSW National Parks, Tamara Smith MP, Michael Lyons (Acting Mayor, Byron Shire Council), Mark Arnold (General Manager, Byron Shire Council) to urgently erect warning signs at the bottom of the dangerous rock and shale cliffs at Cosy Corner.
Why is this important?
We call on these agencies to take urgent action, that will prevent other families going through the trauma and devastation of such an incident.
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