Teen pretty bad after crash

A TEENAGER has been medivaced from Curtis Island after a wakeboarding accident.

Nineteen-year-old Timothy O'Brien was airlifted to Gladstone Hospital by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue after seriously injuring himself wakeboarding on sand dunes at Yellow Patch last Saturday afternoon.

It is believed Mr O'Brien suffered a suspected spleen injury after losing control while wakeboarding down the dune.

Tasked to the incident at 2pm, RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue crewman Wayne Clifford said the patient was in a “pretty bad” way by the time they arrived.

“He's believed to have lost control at high speed and have somersaulted several times,” Mr Clifford said.

“His family has got him to their boat and have taken him across to the sand islands where we could land.

“We worked on him in the boat – he was in a pretty bad way so we took him straight to hospital.”

Attempts to gain an update on the condition of the patient were unsuccessful yesterday with a Gladstone Hospital spokesperson stating no further details were able to be disclosed.

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