Dozens injured in a tourist boat accident at Horizontal Falls in Australia


Twenty-eight tourists and two crew were on board the tour boat Falls Express when it ran into trouble during an early-morning tour at Horizontal Falls, a popular attraction in Western Australia around 100 km north of Derby. Tourists were thrown overboard. Four Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft with six doctors and six flight nurses have been deployed, with two aircraft and crews already on the scene.The accident left more than 20 people injured. They were taken to hospitals. 12 people had suffered serious injuries but none of the passengers’ injuries appeared to be life-threatening. None of the injured were children.


A complex investigation into the incident is underway involving WA Police, state and national transport authorities and Worksafe. The company Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures said it was working with authorities. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) had issued a prohibition notice to the Falls Express. Horizontal Falls, an iconic tourism spot in the north, is host to regular jet boat tours. The falls are a natural phenomenon where 10 meters of water surges through two narrow chasms at Talbot Bay. Horizontal Falls are described not only as an ocean phenomenon but “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. It’s an attraction for tourists from all over the world.