Up to 25 tourists are injured in major boating incident at dangerous Horizontal Falls as cops rush to remote attraction
- Emergency services are rushing to the remote tourist attraction
- Horizontal Falls has some of the highest tides in the world, triggering the rapids
- Tourists come from all over the world to experience the dangerous attraction
Emergency services are rushing to a dangerous tourist attraction after receiving reports up to 25 people have been injured in a boating accident.
The ‘major incident’ occurred at Horizontal Falls in Western Australia‘s Kimberley region, 250km east of Broome.
Early reports suggest a tour boat has capsized or run aground.
The ocean phenomenon is home to some of the highest tides in the world, creating what’s been dubbed a ‘horizontal waterfall’.
The king tides create the ‘horizontal waterfall’ phenomenon
Horizontal Falls in Western Australia are a popular tourist attraction
As the tide moves in and out each day, sometimes up to 10m at a time, thousands of litres of water gush between the narow gap in Talbot Bay.
Tourists are able to experience the falls a number of ways, with local tourism operators offering jet boat tours that speed through the dangerous rapids.
A number of boat tours are run through the falls
Western Australia Police said it was responding to the incident after receiving reports ‘several people on board were injured’.
The Royal Flying Doctors’ Service has also been called in to assist and regional medical centres are on standby.
Broome Hospital has also been put on ‘brown alert’, an order that means it must be ready for an influx of patients.