Girl breaks leg jumping from Merimbula bridge into shallow water

Pedestrian causeway where teen was injured.

Pedestrian causeway where teen was injured.

A 14-year-old girl has broken her leg after it’s believed she jumped off a Merimbula bridge and landed in shallow water.

On Friday morning, January 4, NSW Ambulance was called to the scene at a pedestrian bridge over Merimbula Creek. Paramedics arrived to find the teenager in a stable condition, but with a fractured femur.

Merimbula Fire and Rescue assisted paramedics, cutting a padlock for vehicle access to the bridge, which is located near Merimbula Public School. Fire and Rescue helped carry the injured teenager to the ambulance whereupon she was taken to South East Regional Hospital for further treatment. 

The bridge is part of a pedestrian path linking Munn Street to Mirador. A water level sign is marked on a pylon of the approximately three-metre high bridge, showing the depth of water is less than one metre.

Royal Life Saving Australia remind the public that seemingly tranquil waterways can prove dangerous. It is important to check the conditions before entering the water.