Pictured: Newly-wed Marina Morgan who died in golf buggy crash on Hamilton island on her honeymoon
Pictured: Newlywed woman who died on her honeymoon after her husband crashed their golf cart on an idyllic vacation island
- Marina Morgan, 29, died in a golf cart accident during her honeymoon
- She got married just ten days before traveling to Hamilton Island, Queensland
- Her new husband was trying to do a U-turn when the buggy capsized
- Bystanders tried to resuscitate her 35 minutes before she died at the scene
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Bride who died in a golf cart accident while on honeymoon on Hamilton Island has been identified.
Marina and Robbie Morgan exchanged vows at Doltone House in Sydney ten days ago before heading north to vacation in Queensland, 9News reports.
Ms Morgan, 29, was sitting in the passenger seat at about 4.30am on Monday afternoon as she drove down Whitsunday Boulevard when the buggy’s battery ran out.
Her new husband, 30, tried to make a U-turn to get back and charge it, but the vehicle flipped over.
Police say Ms Morgan, who is from Sydney’s west, was not wearing a seat belt at the time and fell on the road.
Marina and Robbie Morgan were married ten days ago at Doltone House in Sydney, surrounded by loved ones
Bystanders – including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor – dragged her from the buggy and tried to resuscitate her for 35 minutes, but she tragically died at the scene.
Her husband was not injured.
“(She) went into cardiac arrest and along with a number of first aiders on the island performed CPR for 35 minutes without success,” Graeme McIntyre of the Queensland Ambulance Service said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“When paramedics arrived, the patient had been pulled off the roadway and placed on the side of the road and… in the side position to clear her airway, which is absolutely fantastic for first responders to do.”
The 29-year-old woman was a passenger in the buggy as it headed south on Whitsunday Boulevard about 4:30pm on Monday (pictured, a buggy on the island)
The buggy is said to have made a U-turn at an intersection near Coral Sea Avenue on Queensland’s Whitsunday Island (photo, an aerial view of the holiday island)
Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan said: ‘It appears that driving that type of vehicle is inexperienced, it turned too fast and rolled on its side and unfortunately this is the result.’
“It’s just… tragically, perhaps due to inexperience in driving these types of vehicles while turning, the golf cart rolled on its side.”
According to the police, there was no alcohol involved and there were no indications of dangerous driving.
Golf buggies are the main mode of transport on the holiday island and can be rented without training for a small fee. They are all fitted with seat belts.
Hamilton Island (pictured) is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55 km off the coast of Queensland, next to the Great Barrier Reef
A rescue helicopter in nearby Townsville was called to take the woman to hospital, but was abandoned due to the severity of her injuries.
Hamilton Island is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55 km off the coast of Queensland, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton Island stopped using six-seat petrol buggies in 2016 after a crash that left a woman and her nine-month-old child in critical condition and injured seven others.
The girl sat on her mother’s lap as her family was driven to the airport by a local employee.
She suffered serious head injuries when the vehicle, which was towing a luggage trailer, collided with parked golf carts on the Great Northern Highway.