"I WON'T be sitting that side of the rocks unless it is dead flat" is the take home message from Caloundra teen Doc Adams after he tangled with the elements in Noosa National Park and came off second best.
What started as a fun day for a group of Caloundra friends turned into a near tragedy at the Fairy Pools, a rock formation well inside the park reached by climbing down a rock face.
"We'd been there earlier in the day," Doc said. "The waves were washing over and it was heaps of fun."
By about 3pm when the friends decided to have another crack before heading home, conditions had changed and the wave surge was washing over the outer ocean edge where Doc chose to sit.
"There was too much force," he said. "I was two metres up off the water and rolled down cutting my arms and legs. My head smashed straight into a rock. I came up, looked at my friends and blood completely covered my face."
Suffering a deep gash to the bone which later required 17 stitches at Noosa Hospital, Doc was helped up by his mates who wrapped the wound in a towel.
A passerby had called for assistance and within 25 minutes paramedics arrived and changed the dressing. He still had to make his way with help up the rock face and 400 metres to where an all terrain vehicle was waiting.
His name "Doc", given to him by his father, lightened the mood of medical staff at the hospital.
"They were cracking jokes about it," he said.
But what the 17-year-old Unity College student now realises is the danger of dicing with the elements.
"I don't think I'll be doing that again," Doc said. "It was very unlucky. I just misjudged it.
"It had been such a nice day and we were just about to go."
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