Woman stable after boat injuries
A HOLIDAY turned into a horror story for a 53-year-old woman who is now in a stable condition following a traumatic boat accident on Saturday night.
The woman, from England, was sailing on an Explore Whitsundays vessel at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach around 4.30pm with her husband and son, along with 20 international passengers and three crew when disaster struck.
A statement from Explore Whitsundays said: “whilst sitting with legs over the edge of the vessel, a random wind gust came through from the opposite direction, and as a result slack was taken out of a rope and trapped the female’s legs between the high-tension safety lines and the rope.
The woman was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital.
An RACQ CQ Rescue crew spokesman said she was dragged along the deck of the 24 metre maxi yacht, smashing into handrails and equipment, and suffered a serious degloving injury to her lower leg.
A Police media spokesperson said there was an ongoing investigation between Whitsunday Water Police, Maritime Safety Queensland, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Workplace Health and Safety. Explore Whitsundays has been cleared to recommence tours.
RESCUE: RACQ CQ Rescue at the scene on Saturday.