Fishermen 'seriously injured' after catamaran's Agnes crash

THREE fisherman were "seriously injured" when their 40ft catamaran came aground on rocks at 1770's headland yesterday evening.

Agnes Water's officer in charge Sergeant John Edwards said one of the men, who broke his left arm and suffered rib injuries, was airlifted by helicopter to Bundaberg Hospital.

Police worked with the Volunteer Marine Rescue well into the night to lug the boat "up onto the sandbank to prevent it from sinking".

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The catamaran was "extensively damaged" when it came aground on rocks at Roundhill Creek.

Another two men on the boat escaped the ordeal unscathed. The injured men were aged between 49 and 60. 

Sgt Edwards said VMR brought the men from the "extensively damaged vessel" to 1770's public pontoon.

Paramedics rushed two other fishers to hospital, including a man who suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and another man who had rib injuries.

Sgt Edwards said the men sustained their injuries "from striking the headland -- they obviously went aground whilst they were underway".

Maritime Safety Queensland is now investigating the incident. 



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