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Brisbane woman killed, man injured in Gold Coast boat crash

TWO boats have collided in a horror crash on the Gold Coast, killing one person and injuring another.

The 7-metre cruiser and 3.5-metre tinny collided on the Broadwater near Couran Cove on South Stradbroke Island around 5.30pm on Saturday.

Sadly, a woman who was travelling in the smaller boat suffered life-threatening injuries and could not be saved.

Police said the 33-year-old woman from Brisbane was pronounced deceased before she could be taken to hospital.

A 41-year-old man who had also been travelling in the tinny sustained a less serious head injury and was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

He is believed to be in a stable condition.

In a statement released just before 8.30pm, police said it was believed the tinny had turned into the path of the larger cruiser, causing the two boats to collide.

No one onboard the larger cruiser was injured.

Officers from the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

‘Marijuana queen’ Schapelle Corby hours away from being deported from Bali

CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby will see the sun rise from the east coast of Australia for the first time in almost 13 years when she touches down in Brisbane on Sunday morning.

Known locally in Bali as the “ganja [marijuana] queen”, Corby is now considered a free woman on the Indonesian island and will be deported back to Australia tonight.

It comes 12 years to the day after the then 27-year-old was sentenced in Denpasar District Court to 20 years’ in Kerobokan Prison for smuggling 4.2kg of cannabis into Denpasar airport in her bodyboard bag in October 2004.

Corby, now 39, served only nine years of her 20-year sentence after being granted clemency by former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the grounds of mental illness.

She had five years shaved off her sentence and was released on parole in February 2014 on the condition that she serve the remaining time of her sentence in Bali before returning to Australia.

Today, more than 200 Denpasar and Kuta police officers have been deployed in a massive military-style operation to oversee Corby’s deportation as she is ushered through Bali streets amid a frenzied media storm.

Corby is expected to emerge from her Kuta home at, or sometime after, 4pm local time on Saturday (6pm AEST) from where she will be escorted by a police convoy to the Denpasar parole board.

Here, she will report for the last time and sign her release papers before being handed over to immigration.

Then, around 6pm local time (8pm AEST), police will escort Corby from the corrections office to the Ngurah Rai International Airport – also known as Denpasar International Airport.

It is here where, back on 8 October 2004, Corby was stopped by customs officers and found with 4.2kg of cannabis in her bodyboard bag.

She will be escorted through the same airport as a convicted drug smuggler tonight from where she is scheduled to board a 10.10pm Virgin flight to Brisbane, accompanied by her sister Mercedes and bodyguard, John McLeod.

Her time at the airport will be brief, with officials citing “security concerns”. A large number of passengers on the flight are expected to be members of the media, eager to document her journey home.

Corby is expected to touch down at Brisbane International Airport just after 5.30am on Sunday.

It’s understood she will be banned from returning to Bali for at least six months.

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Man dies in Gold Coast hospital, two days after nasty crash

A MAN has died in hospital, two days after he was injured in a nasty traffic accident on the Gold Coast.

The 91-year-old was riding his mobility scooter across a pedestrian crossing on Bayview Street at Runaway Bay on Wednesday when he was struck by a car just after 1pm.

The local elderly man suffered severe injuries as a result of the impact and was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he spent two days in a serious condition.

Sadly, in a statement released this afternoon, police said the 91-year-old passed away on Friday night.

Officers from the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Pile-up triggers extreme delays during weekend traffic rush on Gold Coast

TRAFFIC is still gridlocked through parts of Southport following an earlier pile-up on the Sundale Bridge.

The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the bridge on the Gold Coast Highway around 11am.

At least four vehicles were involved in the nose-to-tail smash, with the front end of one car becoming wedged under the back of the four-wheel-drive it was following.

Firefighters attended and helped clear the wreck, while paramedics assessed those involved.

Fortunately, no one is thought to have been seriously injured.

PHOTO: Jai Randhawa

The incident did however through the usual weekend traffic rush into further disarray.

Motorists using the bridge to get into Surfers Paradise from Southport were hit with extreme delays.

The incident resulted in extreme delays for traffic heading into Surfers Paradise from Southport PHOTO: Gerald Lo

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper for at least three kilometres, stretching from the bridge back to KFC at Labrador.

It’s still slow moving through the area, with the delays only now beginning to slowly clear.

It’s a smooth run for those travelling in the other direction, from Surfers to Southport.

Both southbound lanes of the Sundale Bridge were blocked while crews worked to clear the wreckage PHOTO: Gerald Lo

Public transport users travelling by bus to Main Beach weren’t immune to the delays either, with several buses travelling south on Route 704 caught up in the traffic jam.

The light rail network, however, was not affected.

The delays added to the already congested highway which is, every Saturday and Sunday morning, jammed with beach-bound traffic.

Check the traffic before heading out by clicking here to view the city’s traffic cameras and live traffic map of the major roads and highways.

Gold Coast police seek help to locate owner of kayak found floating in ocean

UPDATE 4AM: The owner of a kayak found abandoned off shore at Burleigh on Friday afternoon, has made contact with police.

The red kayak was spotted about 500-metres off shore near First Avenue around midday, prompting a search by water police and lifesavers.

The man eventually got in touch with police, explaining that he was hit by a large wave, knocking him from the vessel.

He swam to shore.

EARLIER: POLICE are seeking urgent public assistance to help locate the owner of an empty kayak which was found floating in the ocean on the Gold Coast.

A member of the public located the red kayak (pictured) and a fishing road around 500 metres off shore near First Avenue in Burleigh Waters just after midday on Friday.

Police have so far been unable to locate its owner or identify any missing or outstanding people in the area.

Water police and lifesavers on jet skis have patrolled the area but have failed to locate anyone.

Anyone who thinks they may know the owner of the kayak or has any information which may assist police with their investigation is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The red kayak was found empty in the ocean about 500m offshore of Burleigh Waters PHOTO: Supplied