Comprising of hundreds of islands and thousands of reefs made up by more than 600 different types of soft and hard coral, the Great Barrier Reef is a 2,300 km (1429.15 miles) long eco-system located off Queensland’s coast.
The Great Barrier Reef
Home to a vast diversity of marine life, including sharks, dolphins and turtles, starfish, molluscs and colourful fish, it is the planet’s largest living thing and visible from outer space.
It is also an extremely popular tourist destination and, sadly, frequently the scene of shipping and diving accidents.
Worst recorded Great Barrier Reef shipping accident
It is probably safe to say that the grounding of the MV Shen Neng I, a bulk coal carrier from China, in 2010 was one of the worst shipping accidents ever to be reported at the Barrier Reef.
Leaving the largest ever recorded scar, measuring 400,000 square metres, the grounding of the MV Shen Neng I also caused a major oil spill with disastrous effects on marine life and the reef itself.
In terms of personal injuries, the worst possible accidents are those resulting in fatalities, like, for instance, the diving accident that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old British graduate in March 2015. It appears the young woman died after becoming separated from her diving instructor during her first ever reef-dive.
Fortunately, not all reef accidents are fatal, although injuries can still be severe. Some of the most common accidents while diving the Barrier Beef include:
- Collisions with parts of the reef or other divers
- Injuries by poisonous coral species, sponges and plants
- Injuries by jellyfish or other marine life
- Running out of air
Many of these holiday accidents are the result of inexperience, poor instruction, or faulty equipment.
Other common incidents
Boating accidents and injuries by slips, trips and falls either on boats or while boarding or disembarking from boats, at equipment hire stores or cafes are also fairly common.
The right to claim
If you sustained an injury by a slip, trip or fall or a boating or diving accident at the Great Barrier Reef, you could be eligible to make a travel accident claim.
For free, confidential advice and no-win no-fee* legal assistance, get in touch with us, Accident Advice Helpline, by calling 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, now.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice