Thai, Canadian tourists injured after boat crash on Queenstown’s Shotover River

Helicopter rescue in Queenstown's Shotover River.

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SHOTOVER RIVER, Feb 23, 2019, New Zealand Herald. Nine people, several of whom were tourists, have been injured in a jet boat crash on Queenstown’s Shotover River in Skippers Canyon, reported the New Zealand Herald.

About 10 people were onboard the boat when it crashed into rocks while riding the Shotover River just after 10am.

Skippers Canyon Jet marketing manager Gavin Larsen said the group were roughly half way through the trip down the river when the incident occurred.

The boat made contact with some rocks, he said, which brought it to a stop.

“The worst injury is a suspected broken leg … the rest of the injuries are primarily bumps and bruises.”

Larsen said several passengers were part of a group of tourists from Thailand.

Two were tourists from Canada – one of whom was a middle-aged woman whose leg could be broken.

She had been transferred from Lakes District Hospital to Dunedin Hospital.

One of the 10 people onboard was the skipper – an employee of Skippers Canyon Jet.

The company’s commercial boat rides would be suspended until an investigation is complete and when the company had determined what happened.

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