Max Van Heusden, pictured centre, out and about in Gympie previously.
Max Van Heusden, pictured centre, out and about in Gympie previously. Contributed

CRITICAL: Qld man falls 8m outside nightclub, now in coma

A GYMPIE man is in an induced coma at the Royal Brisbane Hospital after he fell from outside a Gympie nightclub on Saturday night.

Max Van Heusden, who runs Gympie photography business Max Media, reportedly climbed a barrier at the back of Club 88 in Nash St before he plunged eight metres below to a courtyard, Gympie police confirmed.

Sgt Holding said Mr Van Heusden suffered significant injuries when he fell just after 1.20am Sunday morning.

Club 88 owner Paul Pilkington said Mr Van Heusden had not been in the club and was believed to have headed straight to the premises from work before climbing on the wall that was accessible from the club's entrance ramp lined with people.

 

The wall at the back of Club 88 that Max Van Heusden fell from onto concrete about 8 m below.
The wall at the back of Club 88 that Max Van Heusden fell from onto concrete about 8 m below. Frances Klein

Mr Pilkington, who was on the scene, said nearby police officers cut through the locked gate to reach the court yard he landed in, behind the old Dick Smiths Electronics shop, before calling an ambulance.

When they arrived on the scene the 22-year-old was unconscious and a police constable drove the ambulance to the Gympie emergency department as paramedics worked on the man, Gympie's Sergeant Andrew Holding said.

Mr Van Heusden, who is well known for his work as a social photographer at local hotels and events, was airlifted from Gympie to Brisbane where he remains in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.

Sgt Holdings said it was unknown why he had climbed onto the wall but the incident was under investigation.

 

Popular Gympie photographer Max Van Heusden is in a critical condition after a fall from a night club on the weekend.
Popular Gympie photographer Max Van Heusden is in a critical condition after a fall from a night club on the weekend. Contributed
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