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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

    Worst recorded accidents at the Great Barrier Reef


    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.

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    Diving accidents

    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.

    Common accidents

    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

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