INXS Guitarist Tim Farriss Sues Boat Company After His Finger Was Chopped Off During Sailing Trip – Leaving Him ‘Depressed’ & Unable to Compose Music
The INXS lead guitarist ended his boating career for not being reasonably careful with the anchor equipment, a Sydney court has told.
Tim Farriss, 64, is seeking medical, economic and other damages in his negligence claim against a boat company after his left ring finger was severed at Pittwater Bay over the Australia Day weekend in 2015.
From a home office adorned with INXS memorabilia, the Perth-born musician will tell the NSW Supreme Court on Monday that the incident brought an end to his career and his ability to compose music.
Legal action: The INXS lead guitarist ended his career on a boat for not being reasonably careful with the anchoring equipment, a Sydney court has told. Pictured: Michael Hutchence and Tim Farriss of INXS perform in London in 1988
“It’s useless,” attorney Adrian Williams said of his client’s reattached finger.
“It’s not surprising he’s depressed.”
Farriss states that he and his wife, Beth, sailed into Akuna Bay on January 24, 2015, but struggled to anchor because the chain was “prone to “kinking.”
They called a Church Point Charter employee for help after the armature motor stopped working and then reset the circuit breaker.
The engine restarted, but did not stop the chain buckling.
Damages: Tim Farriss, 64, is seeking medical, economic and other damages in his negligence claim against a boat company after his left ring finger was severed at Pittwater Bay over the Australia Day weekend in 2015. Pictured: Mr Farriss on July 27, 2015, in Sydney
In his claim, Farriss says he tried to realign the chain so it started to spiral out of control.
He suffered a severed left ring finger and serious injuries to his index and middle fingers. There was a minor injury to his little finger.
But the boat company and owners John and Jill Axford dispute the claim that the anchor chain and engine were damaged.
Their lawyer said Judge Richard Cavanagh would have to decide whether the musician was in the vicinity of two foot pedals near the anchor motor that mechanically moved the anchor up and down.
Picturesque: The injury occurred while Mr Farriss was sailing on Pittwater Bay (pictured). He suffered a severed left ring finger and serious injuries to his index and middle fingers
“Our case is there was no damage – at some point Mr. Farriss must have disengaged the clutch and pressed the up button or maybe the down button,” John Turnbull SC told the court on Monday.
“But of course he only knows.”
Farriss told paramedics the same when they were being treated, Mr Turnbull said.
Placing your fingers near the winch can hurt them.
“But a reasonable person had other options at his disposal,” said Mr Turnbull.
There is no dispute about the magnitude of Farriss’ medical expenses, but the Axfords litigation claims about the extent to which INXS could have toured after 2015.
The hearing is expected to last until Friday.
Response: Boat company and owners John and Jill Axford dispute claims anchor chain and engine were damaged