Woman in serious condition, dog killed in Stradbroke boating tragedy

A woman remains in a serious condition in hospital following a boating accident off north Stradbroke Island yesterday.

Emergency crews were called to waters off Amity Point around 12.30pm following reports a five-metre tinnie had overturned.

Upon arrival, paramedics assisted water police with undertaking a rescue mission to retrieve a woman, man, and two dogs who were struggling in the water after their boat sank.


“Conditions were poor inside the bar with a strong ebbing tide,” Redland Bay Coast Guard said on Facebook.

“Water police arrived on scene ahead of Coast Guard 71. A nearby vessel responded by retrieving the persons from the water.

“A rescue helicopter was on scene within minutes and winched paramedics to the Coast Guard Vessel to assist the persons on the assisting vessel.”

The woman, aged in her 60s, was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

The man, aged in his 30s, managed to escape relatively uninjured and declined transport to hospital.

Sadly, only one of the dogs could be saved.