Swimmer hurt in misjudged cliff jump

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A man is in hospital with multiple broken bones after jumping 15 metres from a cliff above the Waikanae River.

The 21-year-old, believed to be of Paraparaumu, missed the water and landed on the riverbank about 6pm on Saturday.

He broke bones in both legs, and suffered spinal injuries. He was reported to be in a stable condition in Wellington Hospital yesterday.

The accident happened at a spot known as Devil’s Elbow, about 4 kilometres east of Waikanae, towards Reikorangi.

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