Harbour collision, 6 injured
CHIEF controller Jim Purcell was thankful thanked God there was not a fatality when two boats collided in the Gladstone Harbour on Tuesday.
He was on duty with Volunteer Marine Rescue during the emergency.
He was on duty Tuesday evening with Volunteer Marine Rescue when two boats collided on Gladstone Harbour.
The incident occurred about around 7pm between Curtis and Quoin islands.
Mr Purcell said the crash happened in a it was a narrow part of the channel.
A runabout, with five people on board, and a fishing boat collided.
The latter was carrying one person.
"We're fairly lucky there wasn't a fatality. If the smaller boat had turned over on impact (the passengers) could've drowned," Mr Purcell said.
A boat passing by the collision site radioed the accident radioed the accident into VMR.
All six involved in the incident were injured.
Mr Purcell said water police imposed a no-wash zone while ambulance officers transferred the injured into the rescue boat.
They were then taken to Gladstone Base Hospital.
The Gladstone Water Police are still investigating.