Four people injured in boat accident on Queenstown's Shotover River

A person has been taken to hospital after a boat crash on the lower Shotover River near Queenstown.
About four people have injuries, a police spokeswoman said. Police were notified of the incident about midday .

One person has been taken to hospital, the spokeswoman said.

Firefighters were also called to the incident, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokesman Andrew Norris said.

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He said everyone had been freed from the boat and Fenz were assisting police and St John.

Dale Paterson, who lives near to crash site, said she was at home when she heard a thump that did not sound normal.

She went out to look and said she could see the jet boat resting on the river bank.

Paterson said a two people were airlifted to hospital, but both were able to walk to the helicopter.

She thought the people did not appear badly hurt.

The boat involved is operated by KJet, which markets itself as New Zealands original jet boat ride, running since 1958.

A spokeswoman said the company was still in the process of assessing the situation.

The crash is the second incident involving jet boats in the South Island in the past five days.

On Thursday Gerard Nolan, 64, suffered eight broken ribs, a broken shoulder, broken collarbone, punctured lung and a broken hip after two jet boats crashed head-on in the Paringa River near Haast.

Two other passengers were knocked out.

In February four people were injured when their jet boat flipped while exiting a chasm on the Dart River, near Queenstown, after it hit a submerged log.

In 2019 nine people were injured when a boat run by Queenstowns Skippers Canyon Jet crashed into a wall, while in 2009, a Chinese woman died and five members of her tour group were injured after a KJet boat flipped on a swollen Kawarau River.


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