A 51-YEAR-old Queensland man is worked on by ambulance and Westpac life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew after an accident on the Clarence River near the Seelands Caravan Park.
A 51-YEAR-old Queensland man is worked on by ambulance and Westpac life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew after an accident on the Clarence River near the Seelands Caravan Park.

Freak ski accident at Seelands

DEVASTATED family members stood by comforting each other as ambulance officers did their best to stabilise and ease the pain of a Queensland man who came close to losing his arm in a horrific ski accident at Seelands yesterday.

The man, 51, from Caboolture, was on an extended holiday with a large group of family and friends at the Big River Ski Lodge when the incident occurred about 11.30am.

Members of the holiday group said the man, an experienced water-skier, had been kneeboarding behind a ski boat and was pulling himself further forward along his ski rope just before the accident.

The man let go of the rope, a friend said, and the excess rope wrapped around his left arm. When the boat’s forward motion pulled the rope tight, it dragged the man along, causing serious injuries.

Emergency workers described the injury to the man’s upper arm as a ‘degloving’ in which the flesh was pulled back along the bone.

“It was nearly a traumatic amputation – his arm was nearly ripped off altogether,” said one emergency worker.

Ambulance officers had to wade through water to retrieve the man from the ski boat and described the rescue process as difficult.

Despite receiving significant narcotic pain relief, the man could be heard groaning in pain inside an ambulance vehicle where he was being stabilised.

He was moved into a Westpac Rescue Helicopter and airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

The man’s condition was last night described as serious but stable. Information was not available on whether he would retain use of his arm.



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