Sunday Feb 05, 2023

Tourists injured in serious WA boating accident


Up to a dozen tourists are believed to have been injured in an accident off the Kimberley coast.

Reports were emerging on Friday afternoon of a serious boating accident at Horizontal Falls, about around 100 kilometres north of Derby, in Western Australia’s north-west.

Broome Hospital is reportedly on standby to receive patients, with other local hospitals, medical services and aircraft also ready to assist.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is attending the scene.

Horizontal Falls are a major Kimberley tourist attraction, where a fast-moving tidal current squeezes through two narrow gorges of the McLarty Range in Talbot Bay. One of the gaps is just 10 metres wide.

The water rushes through the twin gaps, producing waterfalls turned on their side. The powerful Kimberley tides can rise and fall more than 10 metres.

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