Police say teenagers are risking their lives by jumping
into the Clutha River from the Clyde bridge 'for fun'.
Photo by Lynda van Kempen.
Police are warning of the dangers of jumping off bridges
into rivers after a 14-year-old boy leapt from the top metal
span of the Clyde bridge and fell about 30m into the
swift-flowing Clutha River.
''This practice is dangerous and will no doubt cost someone
their life should it continue,'' Sergeant Derek Ealson, of
The Clyde boy was ''joking around'' with friends at the
bridge on Monday afternoon when he jumped into the river from
the bridge's highest point.
The distance was later estimated to be about 30m.
A concerned member of the public contacted police.
Officers went to the site but the boy was fine and did not
require any medical treatment, Sgt Ealson said.
Sgt Derek Ealson
''However, the boy's lucky to be alive and we'd
discourage any others from following suit. There's a number of
people who have lost their lives in the Clutha River and we
don't want to add to that number.
''There were several dangerous elements - the distance he
fell, the swiftness of the river and the potential to hit his
head on rocks under the surface, or be injured on impact with
''It's an inherently dangerous river, in parts, and the
police and Coastguard have been involved in a number of
rescues of people who have got into trouble after entering
Climbing up the bridge was also dangerous and placed
motorists at risk as well. Teenagers had also been seen
recently jumping into the Clutha River from the Alexandra
bridge and Deadman's Point bridge at Cromwell. Those
activities were also dangerous, Sgt Ealson said.