Man who lost finger at Byron water tower could be fined

A QUEENSLAND man who lost a finger when he slipped and fell on a Byron Bay water tower on Sunday could be fined for trespassing.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the Paterson St water tower at Byron Bay about 7.30am after reports a man had injured his fingers.

When paramedics arrived at the scene they discovered the 28-year-old Robina man had slipped on the water tower and sustained serious injuries to his fingers.

Tweed Byron LAC Inspector Mick Dempsey said police believe the man was either checking the surf or taking photos.

Insp Dempsey said the water tower was clearly marked with a not trespassing sign.

The man was stabilised at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Byron Bay hospital.

Insp Dempsey said the one of the man's fingers was severed off in the incident.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Byron Bay and the man was airlifted to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra hospital in a stable condition at 9.30am.

Insp Dempsey said enquiries were continuing and police were considering issuing the man with a fine for trespassing.


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