Nineteen people were injured when a ferry slammed into a wharf at Circular Quay, Sydney’s main ferry terminal.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Norm Spalding told ABC News that emergency services rushed to Circular Quay and found a number of people, “many of them tourists [of] non-English speaking background, who had varying injuries, from suspected spinal injuries right to lumps and bumps, abrasions, what have you”.
Spalding said 19 patients were treated, six taken to St Vincent’s and Sydney Hospitals “and all patients would be classified as being in a stable condition”.
The man who suffered the suspected spinal injury was on the upper deck of the ferry and was apparently thrown onto a bulkhead.
A NSW Transport spokesman told ABC News a Sydney Ferries Supercat came into contact with the far eastern pontoon on Circular Quay Wharf as it was berthing.
The vessel had come from Watsons Bay, a popular spot with tourists, site of Doyles seafood restaurant and other attractions.
Investigations are underway.
Written by Peter Needham