25 Apr 2014

Woman seriously hurt in waterfall

4:20 pm on 25 April 2014

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after she fell from a waterfall in Whakatane.

Police were called to the Wairaka falls on the Waiwere stream about midday on Friday, after a member of the public was concerned for the woman's safety.

They say as they attempted to rescue her she fell about 15 metres into a pool halfway down the falls.

Rescuers had to abseil down the cliff to retrieve her, an operation which took three hours.