The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is a popular tourist destination located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is a `must visit` when in Australia especially if you like scuba diving. However, travel accidents can and do happen whilst visiting this attraction. Here are the five most common travel injuries.
- Travel injuries caused by impact on the reef
Whilst you are diving and admiring the sights you may not be wholly focussed on where you are diving which can lead to colliding with other divers or parts of the reef causing a potentially painful travel injury.
- Injuries from inexperience
When visiting the Great Barrier Reef you need to make sure you are experienced and confident diving if you decide to explore the depths of the reef. A common travel injury whilst visiting the reef is purely caused by inexperience.
- Poisonous plants
You may not be aware but certain sponges and plants on the Great Barrier Reef are harmful and can cause a nasty travel injury. Their poison can cause something as minor as an itchy rash to a more painful travel injury including lesions on the skin. Also you need to avoid certain coral as they can sting you and if the travel accident is left unattended the lesions can become septic.
- Jellyfish can cause travel accidents
The tropical water of the reef is a popular place for jellyfish to be seen. If you see one avoid it at all costs as their sting can be very painful and could cause a nasty travel injury.
- Running out of air
This is connected with inexperience but can even happen to the more experienced divers. If you are going to be diving deep then make sure you have plenty of oxygen as getting caught out hundreds of feet down would not just cause a travel accident.
Unfortunately, travel accidents can and do happen whilst exploring the Great Barrier Reef and sometimes they can be fatal. If you have sustained a travel injury whilst on holiday during the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such cases as travel accident compensation claims.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on our 24-hour free phone 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a travel injury claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice