Teen survives fall from cliff in Barwon Heads near Geelong

A 14-year-old boy has survived after falling from a cliff onto the rocks below at Barwon Heads.

Police and emergency services rescued the boy by helicopter after he fell off the cliff at Bluff Road, Barwon Heads, just after 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, a Victoria Police spokesman said.

While police initially said the boy fell when a rock wall collapsed, police on the ground confirmed that the boy had fallen about 40 meters, but the rock wall had not collapsed.

It’s been just over a week since a man died after part of a cliff near Bells Beach collapsed.

Victoria Police Sergeant Nathan Jones told ABC the rescue effort was a success, despite the risks

“It was probably one of the harder ones you can get with a rising tide and the fact that the cliffs are so unstable,” he said.

“You can see what happened last week at Bells Beach with the cliff collapse.

“I think the main concern with the helicopter and the downward pull was that the unstable rocks could also fall on the rescuers below.”

He said the boy had been taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital but had no life-threatening injuries.


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