A teenager’s attempt to avoid a bush music festival’s $50 cover charge by sneaking in almost proved fatal, with rescue crews scrambling to rescue the 17-year-old youth after he survived an 80-metre cliff fall.
As reported by Fairfax Media, rescue crews undertook a difficult 12-hour overnight operation to retrieve the 17-year-old from the Watagan State Forest in NSW. He was listed on Sunday night as being in a serious condition in John Hunter Children’s Hospital after suffering fractures and internal injuries.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the teen was on a camping trip with some friends where they tried to bypass the $50 cover charge for Solstium Shadows, a three-day “bush doof” festival, by slipping through an alternative entry. With a cigarette lighter as their only light source, they came to a rock shelf where the teen stumbled and fell.
“Looking at the size of that cliff, I seriously do not know how he is not dead,” veteran Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter crewman Graham Nickisson said. The Solstium Shadows bush festival shut down while rescue teams worked to locate the injured teen. Watch footage of the bush rescue below via the Newcastle Herald. Organisers of Solstium Shadows have not commented on the incident.
Watch: Teen Bush Rescue