WALKERS and whale-watchers were alarmed to discover a pair of bloodied sneakers and a set of orange-handled scissors on the cliff face at Point Danger yesterday.
Several blood stains and a trail of blood drops were visible around the walking paths, steps and wooden barriers of the popular tourist spot, which overlooks Duranbah Beach.
Passers-by, immediately worried that someone was badly injured, alerted police and Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR).
Coolangatta police said a 23-year-old Benowa man was yesterday recovering in hospital after they picked him up shortly after midnight on Sunday. They said he was being treated for several injuries and mental health issues. It is understood the injuries were self-inflicted.
The man's blue Holden Commodore was parked near the VMR tower.
Inside it, a quantity of blood was visible on both front seats.
Items inside the car, including documents and empty food and drink cartons, were also bloodied.
Senior Constable David Price of Coolangatta police said officers had come across the vehicle on Sunday night and followed the trail of blood to the injured man.
“Police on general patrol located a suspicious vehicle and followed evidence to Point Danger,” Snr Const Price said. “They located a 23-year-old man with injuries and the ambulance service was requested to attend.”