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Rogue waves wreak ferry havoc

Several persons were injured on the Heron Islander ferry on Sunday on the way back to Gladstone.
Several persons were injured on the Heron Islander ferry on Sunday on the way back to Gladstone. SUBMITTED

FERRY passengers were flung out of their seats and hit the ceiling of the vessel during a trip from Heron Island on Sunday.

Passenger Ken Turvey praised the efforts of the crew and the company in helping passengers that were injured and arranging alternative transport from Gladstone after arriving back late.

Mr Turvey said a 35-year-old man sustained a suspected fracture to his left ankle and a 68-year-old man sustained a suspected fracture to his femur and possible fractured ribs. A child received minor injuries. He said as the vessel approached the western end of Polmaise Reef, it was hit, seemingly head on by three huge waves in succession.

“Passengers (including the elderly and babies) were flung out of their seats hitting the ceiling before crashing down on to the deck,” Mr Turvey said.

“This occurred primarily at the front of the vessel where the motion was the most violent and there was nothing to hang on to.”

Heron Island general manager marine David Bennett said the rogue waves hadn't happened before.


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