Lifeguard tells of chaos at horrific crash scene
WITHIN seconds Noosa Heads lifeguard Dean Connell had stepped off the sand and into a horrific scene that can only be described as something from a movie.
Mr Connell was the first uniformed person to arrive on the scene at Noosa Dr on Monday where a car had ploughed into two pedestrians before slamming head-on into a tree.
Mr Connell switched between three patients - the female driver trapped behind the wheel and two German backpackers - doing what he could with his first aid kit.
"It was the most horrific thing I'd ever seen in my life," he said.
"I thought it was just a prang when an off-duty lifeguard called me to go over.
"It was just like a scene out of a movie, the worst case scenario you could imagine.
"There was smoke coming out of the car, water pouring out, debris over the road, blood and people everywhere."
Vincent Bosk, 24, and his mate Nils Larsen, 20, were walking across the road towards the bus terminal when they were struck from behind.
It is understood they had only been in the country for a week.
Mr Larsen was discharged from hospital on Monday night.
Mr Bosk, however, remains in a serious but stable condition. He has undergone surgery to save his legs. He also suffered injuries to his arms in the incident.
Mr Connell raced to help Mr Bosk, who had been flung five metres into a row of hire scooters.
"It was just horrific. He had broken bones everywhere, they were just crushed," Mr Connell said.
"I put the oxygen on him to calm him down and bandaged what I could before the ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later.
"I'd never expect this on a Monday afternoon shift.
"But the biggest thing that spun me out was going back to the beach where it was quiet and people were on the beach enjoying the beautiful day and had no idea what was happening just up the road.
"It was like going from hell to heaven."
Forensic Crash Unit acting officer in charge Dave Lonergan said investigations were continuing into why the driver lost control of her car near the Reef Hotel.
The 63-year-old woman underwent surgery on Monday night and is in a serious but stable condition.
"At the top of the hill at the roundabout the driver mounted the gutter and then she's travelled down the hill and lost control," Acting Sergeant Lonergan said.
"It's just lucky that nobody was killed. This had the potential to be very bad.
"It is such a busy entry way to Noosa and that could have easily been a family with a pram and children.''