Woman's arm caught in boat rotor, airlifted to Townsville

RACQ CQ Rescue flies to the rescue of a Dunedin tourist on Hayman Island
RACQ CQ Rescue flies to the rescue of a Dunedin tourist on Hayman Island BnA Photography Mackay

RACQ CQ Rescue flew a New Zealand tourist to Townsville with very serious injuries this afternoon after a serious boating accident in the Whitsundays.

The 50-year-old Dunedin woman, who was holidaying on Hayman Island, suffered severe lacerations and fractures to her arm when she was struck by a boat while swimming about noon.

According to an Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman, the woman's arm was caught in a boat's rotor.

The rescue helicopter landed on Hayman Island about 1.30pm to stabilise and airlift the patient before transferring her to Townsville General Hospital for further treatment, arriving at 3.30pm.

RACQ CQ Rescue flew 380 nautical miles (703km) during the six-and-a-half hour mission and returned to base in Mackay at 6.15pm.

Topics:  accident hayman island racq cq rescue tourist

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