First pictures after 12 injured in remote Western Australia boat accident horror

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The first pictures showing those injured in a horror Western Australia boat accident have been released as details from the accident continue to emerge.

A dozen tourists were left with serious injuries after the carnage at Horizontal Falls, north of Broome, at about 7am on Friday.

A total of 26 passengers and two crew members are understood to have been involved in the capsize of the vessel.

In the pictures, several of the injured can be seen strapped to stretchers as they were flown to Broome from the crash site.

One tourists in the aircraft after being injured in a boat crash in WA. Credit: 9 NEWS
Camera IconOne tourists in the aircraft after being injured in a boat crash in WA. Credit: 9 NEWS Credit: Channel 9

One woman is shown hooked up to a blood pressure monitor as she attempts to comfort herself in the aircraft.

Another man was spotted sporting a sling but managed to walk himself away from the crash site.

WA Police Commander Brad Sorrell said it’s believed many of the injuries were sustained when passengers were thrown overboard on impact.

Some of the injured needed to be stretchered from the plane. Credit: 9 NEWS
Camera IconSome of the injured needed to be stretchered from the plane. Credit: 9 NEWS Credit: Channel 9

“A number of people did find themselves in the water and a number of people are injured,” he said.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) worked alongside police and other agencies to respond to the incident.

At least four of the seriously injured patients were flown to Perth for treatment with more expected to follow.

None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Others arrived in Broome with their legs and bodies bandaged up.

“It remains a priority to get these patients to a safe zone … ideally as soon as possible and most probably before last light this evening,” RFDS general manager Damien Whitham said.

The extent of injuries sustained in the incident, which occurred about 250km northeast of Broome, remains unclear.

Originally published as First pictures after 12 injured in remote Western Australia boat accident horror

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