November 24, 2017

BMX rider in coma following world record jump

Dane Searls - a high flyer in BMX, but it took alcohol and a balcony to turn triumph into tragedy.

BMX rider Dane Searls set a world record jumping gaps of up to 18 metres last friday but it was the celebrations 48 hours later that left him in a coma fighting for his life.

Searls, 23, was partying at Billy’s Beach House in Australia’s Surfers Paradise when he tried to dive into a pool from a first floor balcony last night and ended up hitting the concrete head first.

He was taken to Gold Coast Hospital where he remains in a coma with head and back injuries. Family and friends are keeping a bedside vigil.

Paul Everest, director of Unit clothing which sponsors the popular BMX rider said Searls had broken a world record on Friday on jumps that had been specifically built for him at Boonah.

He did a series of four jumps, the first was a 9m gap, the second a 12m gap, the third a 15m gap and the last an 18m gap, all from a height of two to three storeys.

Mr Everest said he was celebrating the jumps yesterday when he decided to dive from the balcony.

”He has pushed the sport to a whole new level,” he said.

”He was doing that on Friday and doing it in style. … We’re just praying for a miracle.”

Searls emerged on the world BMX stage after being filmed for the Giants of Dirt videos last year riding a course that had some of the biggest dirt jumps in the world.

Messages of support have started to flood social networking sites for the ”legend”.

Alcohol really is overated as a party enhancer.