Police leaving Adventure Alternatives Education Centre this afternoon. Picture: AAP/ Megan Slade
Police leaving Adventure Alternatives Education Centre this afternoon. Picture: AAP/ Megan Slade

Teen critical after school camp accident

A TEENAGE boy remains in a critical but stable condition after becoming entangled in a high ropes course while on school camp at Woodford.

It is believed the student is 14-year-old Connor Petterson from Marist College in Ashgrove, who was urgently flown to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital yesterday after suffering neck and head injuries.

Connor Petterson.
Connor Petterson.

Year 9 students left the college on Tuesday for the Adventure Alternatives camping site at Woodford, not far from the famous Woodfordia site of the Woodford Folk Festival.

Marist College business manager Stephen Porter said headmaster Peter McLoughlin was with the 14-year-old boy's parents.

"We've asked the camp be stopped and the boys are coming home," Mr Porter said.

The teenager was flown to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital yesterday morning in a critical condition, after paramedics were called to the site just before 10.30am.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the boy, in his early teens, became injured when he became entangled in the rope.

He suffered neck and head injuries.

In an email sent to parents and guardians, Marist College broke the news of the incident.

"I regret to inform you that there has been an accident on the Year 9 camp where a student was injured," the email read.

The parents of the injured boy have been informed and are in attendance at the hospital.

"As a result of this accident we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Year 9 camp and all boys will return to the College this afternoon.

"At this time details of the accident are still coming to light and we will advise you of more details as we are made aware.

"We ask that you please keep the family in your prayers at this time."

Three buses carrying school children left the camp yesterday afternoon and were believed to be headed to their school.

Adventure Alternatives' website states it is an award-winning camp facility. The website says the camp aims to "inspire individuals to drive their own learning, to challenge their concept of the norm, their comfort zone, their beliefs of other's and their own ability" through outdoor education and states the site has "a detailed risk management plan for each of the activities and locations that we run and effective incident and emergency response procedure".

"All of our staff hold remote first aid certificates and a first aid kit is carried by all instructors, vehicles and base camp. Everything we do is carried out as per our staff manuals to ensure everybody's safety," it states.


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