A YOUNG woman is recovering after sparking a major rescue operation at Clifton yesterday involving more than 25 emergency personnel from Fire and Rescue NSW, Police Rescue, Ambulance NSW, and the State Emergency Service.
The 18-year-old woman dislocated her ankle after she fell while climbing the cliffs to reach the “selfie lookout” overlooking the Sea Cliff Bridge.
Rescuers had to scale a 700m cliff face to reach the injured woman, who had climbed to the popular photography ledge, overlooking the Sea Cliff Bridge.
Emergency service personnel have continually warned of the dangers of the “selfie lookout”, which requires access through private land, including the South Coast Railway, using tracks to reach the escarpment bench. Emergency services say they are routinely risking their lives to save visitors accessing the area
Despite Wollongong City Council placing warning signs at the access point to alert visitors to the dangers, the popularity of the lookout continues to grow.