Woman sta­ble af­ter boat in­juries

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: RACQ CQ RES­CUE

RES­CUE: RACQ CQ Res­cue at the scene on Satur­day.

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