Lead INXS guitarist sues boat company after hacking his finger through an anchor chain in a horrible cruise accident – ending his career
- Tim Farriss is now suing the operators of a Sydney rental boat after losing his finger
- His left ring finger was cut off in 2015 by the anchor equipment of a boat
- Farriss claims that operators are responsible for the injury that ended his career
- But they claim that Farriss has received the correct instructions but has not taken the necessary care
The lead guitarist of INXS stared in horror at the bloody stump of his left ring finger after it was chopped off in 2015 by the anchor gear of a boat and shouted: & # 39; It took my finger! & # 39;
A shocked Tim Farriss – who was afraid he would faint – took the finger in his palm and held it to his chest.
The Perth-born musician is now suing the operators of the Sydney rental boat – John William Axford and Jill Mary Axford of Church Point Charter – for damages.
Tim Farriss (shown in 2007 with INXS) sues the operators of a rental boat in Sydney for damages
He claims that they are responsible for the injury that ended his career.
"I will NEVER forget what I saw afterwards while I was alive," said Farriss, 61, in his probative statement for the civil trial of the NSW Supreme Court.
& # 39; My hand was covered with rust, blood and mud, but I saw one of my fingers cut off and the others deformed, severely torn and bleeding. & # 39;
The Farriss legal team argues that there was a foreseeable and not insignificant risk of injury for someone handling the anchor equipment on the Omega Clipper 34 boat.
The guitarist hired the boat for a recreational cruise on Pittwater Bay during the Australia Day weekend in 2015.
The claim claims that the defendants did not correctly instruct Farriss about the use of the equipment and did not maintain a fully functioning anchor system.
The Axfords and Church Point Charter maintain that Farriss has received the correct instructions, but has not exercised due care and has not properly operated the anchor.
& # 39; If (Farriss) has suffered injury, loss or damage (which is not admitted), the defendants say that this loss and damage was caused or contributed by the first claimant's own fault and negligence & # 39 ;, states the defense.
The musician claims that he and his wife, Beth, sailed to Akuna Bay on January 24, 2015, but struggled to anchor because the chain was & # 39; sensitive to & # 39; nods & # 39 ;.
Farriss (pictured with Michael Hutchence in 1988) is looking for special damages – which are not quantified – for the loss of income and future loss of income, as well as cash expenses
They called a Church Point Charter employee for assistance after the anchor motor stopped working and then reset the circuit breaker.
The engine has been restarted but the chain buckle has not stopped.
Farriss says he was just trying to re-align the chain so that it started to run uncontrollably.
He suffered a severed left ring finger and serious injury to his forefinger and middle finger. There was a slight injury to his little finger.
He had surgery for 11 hours to reconfirm the severed finger, which no longer functions.
Farriss is looking for special damages – which are not quantified – for the loss of income and future loss of income, as well as cash expenses.
Montana Productions – which is owned by Farriss and his wife Beth and controls his publication rights and royalty income – is also seeking compensation.
& # 39; I find my reaffirmed ring finger annoying and ugly. I considered getting it amputated, & said Farriss.
& # 39; I can no longer play the guitar except for a few beginner-level chords. & # 39;
The claimants on Tuesday tried to change their claim in the Supreme Court, but the defense opposed the move.
Justice attorney Joanne Harrison has reserved her judgment for clues that must be issued on Friday.
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