Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Nichols

A young man was lucky to have es­caped alive when his small car left the road at Yule Point on Tues­day and rolled into the sea, end­ing up on its roof.

The 19-year-old, be­lieved to be Tim Matthews of Cairns, was taken to Cairns hospi­tal, suf­fer­ing shoul­der pains.

His fa­ther, John, was on the scene at 9 am when the ve­hi­cle was dragged out of the wa­ter at Peb­bly Beach, about 60 me­tres south of Yule Point.

He told the Gazette his son, who had been trav­el­ling south, had told him he had tried to avoid an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

Traf­fic was halted sev­eral times while emer­gency ser­vices at­tended this in­ci­dent and an­other a short time later, about 7:30 am when a black ute crashed into the hill­side at Yule Point and rolled.

A fa­ther and son who are tilers from Cairns, were trav­el­ling north to do a job in Port Dou­glas when they crashed on the bend, though trav­el­ling at slow speed.

They were taken to Moss­man Hospi­tal with mi­nor in- ju­ries.


The scene at Yule Pt on Tues­day morn­ing: Main pic­ture – RACQ Moss­man ser­vice­man Jeff Anderson about to winch the Nis­san out of the wa­ter. Top right: Putting the tackle in place. Mid­dle: The driver’s fa­ther watches pro­ceed­ings. Right: He in­spects the wreck.

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