Ten Australian tourists seriously injured in Vanuatu bus crash

UPDATE: An elderly couple from Banora Point are among 10 Australian tourists seriously injured in a bus crash in Vanuatu.

The accident, involving two tour buses transporting Pacific Dawn passengers, occurred in Port Vila yesterday afternoon, P&O confirmed in a statement on the cruise ship’s official Facebook page.

“We can confirm that there was a road accident in Port Vila involving a tour bus run by a local operator,” the statement reads.


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The injured passengers are currently being airlifted to Australia and New Caledonia with the assistance of Care Flight and Gold Coast-based Medical Rescue Air Ambulance.

“During the night we have been coordinating an airlift of 10 of our Pacific Dawn guests,” the latest update on the P&O Australia Facebook page reads.

“Three of our guests have now arrived in Noumea where they are receiving specialist medical care. Other guests will be airlifted to Brisbane as this operation continues.”

“P&O’s Care team in Australia has been activated and the families of passengers injured in the accident have already been contacted or are in the process of being contacted.”

Local media are reporting that three Ni-Vanuatu locals died in the crash.

The Minister of Public Utilities Hon. Jotham Napat has said Vanuatu Police are “fully investigating” the tragic accident.

EARLIER: Ten Australian tourists have been seriously injured in a bus crash in Vanuatu.

The accident, involving two tour buses transporting Pacific Dawn passengers, occurred in Port Vila yesterday afternoon, P&O confirmed in a statement on the cruise ship’s official Facebook page.

“We can confirm that there was a road accident in Port Vila involving a tour bus run by a local operator,” the statement reads.

The injured passengers are currently being airlifted to Australia and New Caledonia.

“During the night we have been coordinating an airlift of 10 of our Pacific Dawn guests. Three of our guests have now arrived in Noumea where they are receiving specialist medical care. Other guests will be airlifted to Brisbane as this operation continues.”

“P&O’s Care team in Australia has been activated and the families of passengers injured in the accident have already been contacted or are in the process of being contacted.”

Two Ni-Vanuatu locals died in the crash.

Read more: Gold Coast team of medicos bringing injured Australians home from Vanuatu