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Little boy ‘holds back tears’ after eight-metre fall at gorge

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A seven-year-old boy who fell eight metres into the water at Joffre Gorge in Western Australia has been praised by rescuers who undertook the audacious operation to get him to safety.

A seven-year-old boy who fell eight metres into the water at Joffre Gorge in Western Australia has been praised by rescuers who undertook the audacious operation to get him to safety.

Daniel suffered six fractured vertebrae and a 30cm gash to his head when he fell on Friday.

Among the first one the scene was first aid-trained John Wilson, who overcame a fear of heights to climb down and help the boy.

"He was in a significant amount of pain, but the tears, he held them back and he just managed to keep his composure," Mr Wilson said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene. At 60 metres below ground level, it was a delicate operation.

"Effectively, they had to walk him through the water to the other side of the gorge to be able to hook him up to the system," Fortescue Metals Group emergency services supervisor Dan Whiteman said.

The first responders kept Daniel talking about cricket to keep his mind off the pain.

Daniel was flown to Perth for surgery.

"Tugged on the heartstrings a little bit, that's for sure," Mr Whiteman said.

"Everyone was glad to see he was doing well."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/boy-falls-joffre-gorge-rescued-emergency-services-western-australia/133d8322-28d4-4b55-820b-2e57e5f96ee2

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