News

UPDATE: Seaplane crash on Whitsunday Island

A person has been airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital following a seaplane crash in Crayfish Bay, Whitsunday Island.
A person has been airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital following a seaplane crash in Crayfish Bay, Whitsunday Island.

UPDATE: 10am

A 24-YEAR-OLD woman remains in Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition following a seaplane crash in Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, at around 3.30pm yesterday.

Queensland Police Media reported the seaplane bounced before landing heavily, coming to a stop on the beach and colliding with vegetation.

A Queensland Yacht Charters spokesperson said one of their vessels had radio back to base, reporting they had witnessed the crash.

The spokesperson said the charter had not yet returned to the mainland, and was unable to confirm reports the boat had transported the 11 passengers to nearby Hamilton Island.

Volunteer Marine Rescue vice-president Mal Priday said they had transported paramedics to the island at around 4.50pm, reporting the 10 remaining passengers had been assessed in a hotel room on island.

"(The passengers) are still on the island," he said.

"They were going to monitor them overnight, but basically they were all (staying on) the island and they didn't warrant hospitalisation."

Mr Priday said police had attended the scene of the crash last night to turn off the seaplane's EPIRB.

Police media reported the seaplane is expected to be retrieved today and, at this stage, no further investigation will be carried out. 

INITIAL:

ONE person has been injured after a seaplane crashed in Crayfish Bay, Whitsunday Island, at around 3.37pm Thursday afternoon. 

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said there had been 11 passengers aboard the seaplane at the time of the crash, "but only one patient had minor injuries".

All passengers were transported to nearby Hamilton Island, with the injured person then airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital.

A Volunteer Marine Rescue spokesperson said they had transported paramedics to Hamilton Island at around 4.50pm, with the VMR crew now on standby to assist as needed.

The spokesperson said the remaining passengers were being cared for in a hotel room on the island.

Topics:  crash, seaplane, whitsunday island, whitsundays


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Construction workers to be rewarded

REWARDED: Members of the construction industry will be rewarded at the 2016 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

It's time to reward our hard workers in the construction industry

Circus workshop rolls into town

TRICKS: Karyn Smith and Marguerite Peach of Sensory Circus Tribe. Photo: Darryn Smith/Sunshine Coast Daily

Circus workshop rolls into town

WFC Premier men's team take out Mackay City Brothers

A WFC Reserve Grade player locked in combat with the Mackay City Brothers at the Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Victory for WFC Premier men's team cements top spot on ladder.

Latest deals and offers

July 2: election fast facts

SINCE the last federal election there have been changes to the Senate voting system that voters need to be familiar with when Australia goes to the polls.

Member for Dawson heralds list of acheivements

Member for Dawson, George Christensen, holds a list of his achievements in the Whitsundays.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

George Christensen unveils a three-metre scroll of his achievements.

Man caught drinking beers in car home from mine site

Tweed residents have been urged not to drink and drive at the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program.

Magistrate says drink driver had a "very lucky escape"

LISTEN: Six illegal Bowen workers await deportation

AIN'T ALL BAD: Backpackers like Alice Arzenton, Irene Brussa and Jasmine Piller are thrilled to have found somewhere like Robertson Flower Farm in Bundaberg that treats them well. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Carl Walker applauded the tough approach.

Aviation fire fighter union says passenger safety is at risk

AIRPORT SAFETY: John Ring of the United Firefighter Union at the Whitsunday Coast Airport on Monday.

Fire fighting union is warning passenger safety is at risk.

RESULTS: Show Whitsunday 2016

Kendell Davies with her horse Chino during the ribbon presentation at this year's Show Whitsunday

The results of the 2016 Show Whitsunday are in.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Panic inside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Dramatic vision from inside Istanbul airport after explosin.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward