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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor guide: Visiting the Great Barrier Reef

    On your return from Australia, after getting up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef, you want your head to be filled with unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

    What you don’t want is to be embroiled in the often complex situation of claiming for travel accident compensation. Though professional help is available to help with this process, should the worst happen and you are injured on holiday, it’s still best to take sensible precautions.

    Sources of accidents on holiday lurking around the Great Barrier Reef

    Given that the Great Barrier Reef covers an area underwater greater than the size of Italy, it’s of little surprise to learn that it is home to all manner of weird and wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, a number of these have the ability to cause considerable injuries on holiday.

    Animals that need to be kept a particularly close eye on include:

    –  Box jellyfish: An almost transparent pale blue in colour, these creatures hang around during the rainy season, which begins in November, and are considered one of the most dangerous creatures in the reef. A sting from one of these can cause a serious holiday injury.

    –  Sea snakes: 15 different species of these reptiles call the Great Barrier Reef home. While most are venomous, there are no recorded deaths from sea snake bites so the threat is minimal. Experts, however, still suggest giving them a wide berth.

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    –  Sea urchins: holiday injuries involving these critters are intensely frustrating as the resultant pain seems wildly disproportionate to the size of the animals and damage they can inflict.

    –  Sharks: The kings of the sea are highly unlikely to attack, but if they do, the subsequent injuries are likely to make a serious holiday accident.

    Other safety tips to consider whilst exploring the Great Barrier Reef include:

    –  Diving expertise: Because of its size, biodiversity and complexity, it’s recommended that explorers gain substantial diving experience before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef

    –  Safety in numbers: Never lose track of your diving buddy, and learn all the necessary communication signals. If you suffer an accident on holiday here, you need help to arrive as soon as possible.

    Date Published: December 1, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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