CARE NEEDED: There has been another accident at Lake Wabby on Fraser Island.
CARE NEEDED: There has been another accident at Lake Wabby on Fraser Island. Alistair Brightman

Eighth serious injury at lake Wabby

EIGHT people in eight years have been seriously injured in swimming accidents at Fraser Island's Lake Wabby.

A 32-year-old Sydney man was the eighth victim, when he hurt his head after diving into the lake on Sunday.

He complained of partial paralysis immediately afterwards and was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital where he was treated for a fractured lower vertebrae in his neck and discharged the next day.

The latest injury is one of several spinal and back injuries as well as drowning rescues over the years at the popular tourist spot.

The State Government came under fire last year, after an Irish tourist was awarded compensation when he became a tetraplegic following an accident in 2007.

The man broke his neck when he fell while running down a sand dune towards the water.

The Supreme Court found the State Government had not done enough to avoid legal responsibility for the incident, despite there being two signs warning people of the dangers of running and diving in the area.

The tourist was awarded a compensation payout, which was upheld on appeal.

While a representative for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said signage was continuously monitored to ensure safety messages were clear, they did not respond to questions about whether more signs would be introduced as a result of the repeated accidents.

"There are six signs warning people of the dangers of running down the sand dunes and of jumping and diving into the lake," the representative said.

"However, individuals must also take responsibility for their own safety and avoid reckless behaviour."

Danger zone

  • Sept 2007: Irish tourist becomes tetraplegic
  • Nov 2007: English backpacker suffers spinal injury
  • Jan 2010: Drowning woman rescued
  • Jan 2010: Drowning man rescued
  • Mar 2010: Danish man suffers spinal injury
  • May 2010: Korean man drowns
  • Nov 2012: Canadian man suffers back injury
  • April 2014: Sydney man injures head and neck
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