Australian mother's horrifying ordeal after tracking her missing son's cell phone

Cape Byron, where Kim Goodrick's son fell.
Cape Byron, where Kim Goodrick's son fell. Photo credit: Google Maps.

An Australian woman has suffered through a life-changing ordeal after she traced the phone of her missing son.

Kim Goodrick's 15-year-old son fell off a cliff in New South Wales when he was exploring the area with a friend.

Goodrick says she had plans to pick him up at around 3pm, but when she didn't hear from him for an hour, she began to worry.

"I had contacted my husband because he wasn't responding to me, and it was about 4pm," she told 7 News.

Goodrick said she then decided to use the 'Find my iPhone' app to see where her son was, and tracked him to a small cape near Byron Bay called Cape Byron.

She said when she drove up to the cape to find him, she saw "a wall of emergency personnel" and learned her son had fallen from a cliff and was critically injured on the rocks below.

His friend was stuck on a ledge that had been crumbling away, and had managed to call for help.

Goodrick's son has so far escaped death, but was still in the intensive care unit at Gold Coast University Hospital as of Friday. Ten days on from the incident, he'd been weaned off sedation.

Australian mother's horrifying ordeal after tracking her missing son's cell phone
Photo credit: Facebook/Byron Bay Community Board.

"He has started to open his eyes and he has made some movement, which is encouraging," Goodrick said.

Goodrick took to Facebook page Byron Bay Community Board to ask for help in convincing the local government to do something about the unsafe area.

"The most heartbreaking thing about all of this is that this accident was completely avoidable," she wrote.

"As far as we are aware, there is no signage or barriers to warn people of the risk, and as everyone will tell you, our boy and the boy that was with him are sensible, considered and mature."

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