A tourist boat capsized just after 7am today while on an early morning tour at Horizontal Falls off Australia’s Kimberley coast, sending injured passengers to hospital
Up to 25 people were reportedly injured after a tourist boat capsized at a beauty spot in Australia.
The ship sank just after 7am today while on an early morning tour at Horizontal Falls off the Kimberley coast.
About 26 passengers and two crew members were reportedly on the boat when it sank.
West Kimberley Shire President Geoff Haerewa said the ship struck the rocks at the beauty spot.
Injured passengers were flown to hospital in the town of Broome, which is about 155 miles from the beauty spot.
Some are believed to have been seriously injured, although police say none of the injuries are life-threatening.
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Witnesses have seen people arriving in Broome with bandages on their legs and bodies, reports The Courier Mail.
Hospitals in the area have been ordered to prepare for up to 25 patients.
A spokeswoman for WA Health Service said: “Kimberley Hospitals are on standby and the Broome Health campus has activated an emergency alert in anticipation of the arrival of patients – the first expected within the hour.”
Broome Police tweeted: “Kimberley Police are dealing with an ongoing incident at Horizontal Falls. Several people were injured but no injuries are believed to be life threatening.”
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, which flew some of the injured passengers to Broome, said: “The Falls Express, led by an experienced skipper during an early morning tour, was involved in the incident while traveling through the falls.
“The ship immediately returned to the pontoon. [We] continue to liaise with the RFDS and emergency services to manage the incident.”
The Royal Flying Doctor Service dispatched four aircraft, six doctors and six nurses in response to the incident, ABC News reports.
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Two aircraft and crews are already on site.
Famous for its fast-moving tides, Horizontal Falls attracts thousands of adventure seekers each year.
Sir David Attenborough once described the surging currents in the falls as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world”.
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