Yachts needed attention in the Burnett River.
Yachts needed attention in the Burnett River. Mike Knott

Man crushed between two boats

A 56-YEAR-old man was rushed to hospital after being crushed between two boats in the Burnett River near Midtown Marinas about 4.30pm yesterday.

About 12 boats collided after they broke free from their moorings in the flooded river yesterday afternoon.

The man was in a dinghy between two vessels trying to separate them, when they crashed together crushing his pelvis and legs.

“He was able to get himself onto one of the boats, and paramedics went across to him in a dinghy,” Queensland Ambulance Service Burnett Coast acting officer-in -harge Warren Smith said.

Queensland Fire and Rescue officers were ferried across to the yacht to help move the patient, in a boat borrowed from passers-by.

“We put him onto a spine board and strapped him in, then lifted him onto a boat and slowly transferred him to the North Bundaberg boat ramp where we had an ambulance waiting,” Mr Smith said.

“We really appreciated the help from the people who offered their boats to help.”

The man was in a stable condition last night, with a fractured pelvis and cuts to his legs.

Sailor Jim Currier said the boats may have drifted away because of the large amount of hyacinth weed in the river, which was brought down with the floods.

It is believed the weight of the weed caught on one boat’s anchor caused the rope to snap, sending the vessel crashing into others.

“It was like dominoes – they all bumped into each other after that,” Mr Currier said.



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