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Tourists hurt in NW boating accident evacuated to hospital

Ambulances and medical staff have met at least a dozen tourists believed to have been injured in a boating accident at the famous Horizontal Falls as they arrived at Broome Airport.

Up to 15 people, some covered in bandages, were seen disembarking a Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures aircraft at about 12pm.

It is understood they will be taken to Broome Health Campus for treatment.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been coordinating the evacuation, while the well-known tourism operator’s seaplane is flying injured tourists out of the area to safety.

Camera IconAmbulances and medical staff have met at least a dozen tourists – believed to have been injured in a boating accident at the famous Horizontal Falls – at Broome Airport. Credit: Jane Murphy/Supplied

Up to 28 people – 26 tourists and two crew members – are feared to have been injured in the serious boating incident at the iconic tourist spot, about 100km north of Derby.

Emergency services responded to reports of a vessel capsizing or running ashore about 8.30am Friday.

It is believed the tourist boat was exploring the popular attraction in Talbot Bay, about 250km east of Broome when the incident took place.

Ambulances and medical staff have met at least a dozen tourists - believed to have been injured in a boating accident at the famous Horizontal Falls - at Broome Airport.
Camera IconAmbulances and medical staff have met at least a dozen tourists – believed to have been injured in a boating accident at the famous Horizontal Falls – at Broome Airport. Credit: Jane Murphy/Supplied

A WA Country Health Service spokeswoman told The West Australian the organisation was not yet aware of the extent of people’s injuries, but there are fears some are seriously hurt.

“Kimberley Hospitals are on stand-by and Broome Health Campus has activated an emergency alert in anticipation of patient arrivals – the first of which are expected within the hour,” she said.

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