A teenage visitor at Deniliquin's McLean Beach was hit on the head by a large branch on Sunday.By Zoe McMaugh
A 15 year-old girl was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after a tree branch fell and hit her across the back of the head on Sunday evening.
Deniliquin NSW Ambulance Service station manager Bob Crampton said the girl, a visitor to Deniliquin, was standing under a gum tree at McLean Beach when the branch fell.
The main part of the branch was half-a-metre in diameter, however only smaller, protruding branches connected with the unsuspecting teenager.
Mr Crampton attributed the fallen branch, which he said was often referred to as a ‘widow maker’, to the extreme heat on Sunday.
‘‘The 15 year-old female was exiting the water when a widow maker came crashing down,’’ he said.
‘‘Luckily, she was only struck by the smaller branches. She was hit on the back of the head, but there was no loss of consciousness and no blood.
‘‘She was treated for possible spinal injuries and taken to Deniliquin Hospital as a precaution.’’
Mr Crampton said the hot and dry heat experienced at the weekend most likely caused the branch to fall.
He said falling tree limbs were common on hot days, because the branches dry out and detach.
He said the incident served as a timely warning for all people to take extra care when seeking a shady spot.
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