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Horizontal Falls passengers flown to Perth and taken to hospital to be treated for injuries

The first of 28 people injured when their boat capsized in crocodile-infested waters in Western Australia has been flown to Perth and taken to hospital.

The “significant incident” involving a boat carrying 26 passengers and two crew members occurred at Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 250km north of Broome, at around 7am on Friday.

WA Police, RFDS, St Johns Ambulance and WA Health were involved in a “massive rescue effort” to save passengers who were picked up from a pontoon boat near Koolan Island.

The most seriously injured were first flown to Perth by Royal Flying Doctor Services and transported to Royal Perth Hospital.

The first of 28 people injured when their boat capsized in crocodile-infested waters in Western Australia has been flown to Perth and taken to hospital.

The first of 28 people injured when their boat capsized in crocodile-infested waters in Western Australia has been flown to Perth and taken to hospital.

The most seriously injured were first flown to Perth by Royal Flying Doctor Services and transported to Royal Perth Hospital.

The most seriously injured were first flown to Perth by Royal Flying Doctor Services and transported to Royal Perth Hospital.

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The “significant incident” involving a boat carrying 26 passengers and two crew members occurred at Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 250km north of Broome, at around 7am on Friday.

The first five arrived in the Western Australian capital shortly before 8pm and included three women who needed stretchers.

Two men, one with bandages around his head and knee, were also seen exiting the plane and heading for ambulances waiting nearby.

Eight other tourists were then flown into the city overnight.

Other passengers with less serious injuries were flown to Broome before being transported to Broome Hospital.

Nine with minor injuries were airlifted by Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, while four with serious injuries were airlifted by St John Ambulance.

WA Police confirmed the presence of deadly saltwater crocodiles and box jellyfish in the dangerous waters, at a press conference on Friday.

It is understood that the boat, driven by an experienced skipper, may have capsized in the tidal waters.

Several passengers were thrown into the water at the tourist attraction, which is famous for speedboat rides through two narrow canals where huge volumes of water surge through gaps in the cliffs.

Thirteen seriously injured patients were expected to be flown to Royal Perth Hospital on three flights late Friday night and early Saturday.

Four other seriously injured people are believed to have been transported by St Johns Ambulance to Broome Hospital.

Eight other tourists were then flown to Perth and transported to Royal Perth Hospital overnight.

Eight other tourists were then flown to Perth and transported to Royal Perth Hospital overnight.

King tides create the 'horizontal waterfall' phenomenon

King tides create the ‘horizontal waterfall’ phenomenon

Others with less serious injuries were also treated in Broome.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service rushed to treat the ship’s passengers at the remote site and a temporary staging area was established on nearby Koolan Island.

On the four RFDS aircraft, six doctors and six flight nurses were deployed. Local helicopter services also helped.

“The area where this incident occurred is one of the most remote places on the Western Australian coast – the incident occurred in Talbot Bay, near Koolan Island, which is some 250km north-east of Broome,” police said. of WA in a statement.

“The area is only accessible by air or sea, which has added to the complexity of this rescue operation.”

Police said the cause of the accident “will be investigated” but that “the priority has been to provide the injured with the medical care they need.”

Hours later, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures released a statement explaining that the injuries had occurred while the boat was attempting to traverse the notorious rapids.

Boat tours take place regularly through the treacherous Horizontal Falls where the accident occurred.

Boat tours take place regularly through the treacherous Horizontal Falls where the accident occurred.

“The Falls Express, guided by an experienced skipper during an early morning tour, was involved in the incident while traveling over the falls,” the statement said.

“The ship immediately returned to the pontoon.”

A Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures plane was seen landing at Broome Airport on Friday afternoon, where passengers, some wrapped in bandages, were greeted by medical personnel.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service said it had helped more than 20 patients injured in the incident with four planes rushing to the scene.

Local helicopter services were providing assistance in getting some patients to safety.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the WA Country Health Service described it as a “serious” incident and said a major medical response was underway.

“Kimberley hospitals are on standby and Broome Health Campus has activated an emergency alert in anticipation of patient arrivals, the first of which is expected within an hour,” the spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

Horizontal Falls in Western Australia is a popular tourist attraction

Horizontal Falls in Western Australia is a popular tourist attraction

In an update just after 1pm local time on Friday, WA Police said they were still dealing with the incident “but no life-threatening injuries are believed to have occurred”.

The oceanic phenomenon hosts some of the highest tides in the world, creating what has been called a “horizontal waterfall”.

Thousands of liters of water gush through the narrow gap in Talbot Bay, caused by the region’s king tides, which sometimes fluctuate as much as 10 meters a day.

Tourists can experience the falls in a variety of ways, with local tour operators offering speedboat tours speeding through the dangerous rapids.

Seaplane and helicopter tours also operate in the area, allowing people to witness the raging water from the air.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted WA Health for comment.

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