It's just a matter of time before bridge-jumpers kill themselves

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THRILL-SEEKERS risk death jumping off the John Oxley Bridge at Boyne Island, according to local residents and police. One concerned resident has seen too many close calls.

"They jump over and then they freeze,'' he said.

"Their mates give them a push and they hit the water at a hell of a rate.

"We hear them screaming when they jump off and they're frightened for their life.''

The Boyne Island man said the youths also jumped from the eastern side of the bridge and were unable to see boats passing underneath.

"You just can't keep doing it, you'd splatter yourself on the deck of a boat,'' he said.

Tannum Sands Police officer-in-charge John Meiers warned of the danger of jumping off the bridge and called on residents to be aware of the risks and act responsibly.

"It is of a concern but we can't stop people being foolish,'' Sergeant Meiers said.

"If members of the public ring us and we get there, we can prosecute.''

Sgt Meiers warned children and young adults, the main offenders, they could be jailed for the crime.

"You're not supposed to jump or fish off the bridge and they could be charged if they do,'' Sergeant Meiers said.

The maximum penalty for jumping off the bridge is a year in jail.



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