Monday, 11 June 2012

Student rowers collide with CityCat

TWO young men rowing in a two-man boat on the Brisbane River near West End have collided with a CityCat this morning, with one suffering injuries. 

Rowing collision
The incident happened shortly before 5.30am on Tuesday. It was dark but the boat was fitted with lights, which were functioning.
A Queensland Police spokesman said police and emergency services rushed to Jane Street, West End, to treat the injured rower, a 15-year-old boy who suffered deep lacerations to his head and a possible neck injury.
He was transferred to the Mater Hospital in a stable condition.
Both rowers belong to the Commercial Rowing Club. It is understood the injured boy was from Brisbane State High School and the other was from Nudgee College.
The rowing scull has been recovered and has some damage.
Delays are expected on the CityCat network this morning.
It is understood that the CityCat and the rowers collided head-on. The boat involved was the first CityCat to leave the University of Queensland this morning.
It is not the first time that rowers have clashed with traffic on the river.
In 2005, two 16-year-old female rowers were injured after they collided with a CityCat in the Brisbane River near Newstead Park.
The St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Third VIII crew were thrown into the river and had to cling to the wreckage as they waited for help to arrive.
It was later revealed the row boat did not have lights on when it was stuck around dawn, while the CityCat skipper later said he had looked away from the river to adjust a radio just before the crash occurred.
Brisbane City Council later installed infra-red across the CityCat fleet so they could detect rowers at night.

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