Water-skier may lose his arm

DEVASTATED family members stood by comforting each other as ambulance officers did their best to stabilise and ease the pain of a Queensland man who came close to losing his arm in a horrific skiing accident at Seelands, north of Grafton, yesterday.

The man, 51, from Caboolture, was on an extended holiday with a large group of family and friends at the Big River Ski Lodge when the incident occurred about 11.30am.

Members of the holiday group said the man, an experiencedwater-skier, had been knee boarding behind a ski boat and was pulling himself further forward along his ski rope justbefore the accident.

The man let go of the rope, a friend said, and the excess rope wrapped around his left arm.

When the boat’s forward motion pulled the rope tight, it dragged the man along, causing serious injuries.

The man’s condition was last night described as serious but stable. Information was not available on whether he would retain the use of his arm.



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