Rhys Wolloghan was airlifted to the Mackay Base Hospital on Monday with suspected head injuries but has since been released.
Rhys Wolloghan was airlifted to the Mackay Base Hospital on Monday with suspected head injuries but has since been released. Danielle Jesser

Golf buggy crash victim says there was 'blood everywhere'

ONE of the four passengers involved in Monday's golf buggy crash on Hamilton Island said the group is "lucky to be alive" after rolling down a cliff.

The Queensland Ambulance Service was called to Palm Valley Way on the island on Monday, just before 12:30pm, after reports of a buggy accident.

Rhys Wolloghan, 29, from Sydney and a 32-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, were airlifted to Mackay later Monday afternoon with "multiple injuries".

The IT manager from Sydney described the experience as "pretty traumatic" and said he "thought that it was the end in some regards".

"It's pretty scary when you are in that situation where you've got no control and you've got all this weight coming over the top of you and you don't know what you're going to land on," Mr Wolloghan said.

 

Rhys Wolloghan, 29, from Sydney, arrives at Mackay Base Hospital on the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter.
Rhys Wolloghan, 29, from Sydney, arrives at Mackay Base Hospital on the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter. Tony Martin

"There was blood everywhere and (the) guys (were) screaming and it's just we are lucky to be alive.

"(We were) very lucky to not have any serious injury except a couple of head knocks and probably a mild concussion."

The men, who were on Hamilton Island for a friend's wedding, were at the golf driving range and were travelling to the marina by golf buggy.

As the buggy was travelling to the top of the hill, Mr Wolloghan believes the driver briefly looked back to check the rear passengers and, in that moment, the front tyre veered off the road.

"He just took his eyes off the road for a bit and then the cart just went all the way over and our weight just flipped the cart and it just kept rolling and rolling and we just kept rolling with it," he said.

"I was flung out of it and my head has hit the rocks and my body has hit the rocks and I don't know what else has happened but I was slightly knocked out."

When he looked around, Mr Wolloghan saw the man now in Mackay Base Hospital, screaming and in a lot of pain.

He ran and crawled to the top of the hill as fast as he could to get help, and managed to flag down a vehicle and told the driver to call an ambulance.

Mr Wolloghan said the paramedics arrived quickly and from there they were taken to the medical centre, where the four men were stabilised.

 

One of the injured men is transferred from the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital.
One of the injured men is transferred from the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital. Tony Martin

He said the group is grateful to be alive.

"It was horrific, (I) thought I never want to be in that situation again where you are looking around and you don't know whether someone is critically hurt or dead, you don't know what you're doing," he said.

"It was scary running back up that hill and I could barely think straight, my vision was all over the place. I was just scurrying to get back to the top to get some help.

"I just thought I am not going to be able to help them. I am not a doctor or a paramedic so the best thing I could do is get better help."

He described the fear as something he had never experienced.

Mr Wolloghan had suspected head injuries and was monitored overnight but has since been released.

He described the driver as responsible and caring.

The driver, a 33-year-old man from Victoria, has been charged with driving without due care and attention and will appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on March 20.


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