Youth impaled on boat club fence

EATING breakfast on her back deck, Rockhampton’s Faye Golley heard his agonising screams for help.

It was clear the young man was in a world of hurt.

About 50m away the youngster, a 17-year-old whose first name is Mitchell, had a large fence spike impaled through his ankle after he’d tried to climb the gate into the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club.

The teenager was stuck on the fence for about 20 minutes.

“He was singing out in pain ‘help, help’, it was terrible,” Faye said shortly after yesterday’s incident.

She said she called an ambulance, while others went to support the youngster until the authorities arrived.

Fire officers cut the spike away from the head-high gate with a hack saw, before the youngster was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The spike, a few centimetres long, was still in his ankle.

Authorities said there was nothing suspicious about the teenager’s actions.

It’s understood he often goes there where he catches up with relatives of his girlfriend, who have a boat at the club.

He’d called the boat’s owners early yesterday, but it appears rather than waiting for them to come he had attempted to hop over himself.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Chief Superintendent Colin May said it appeared the youth had been impatient.

A spokeswoman for Rockhampton Hospital said the teenager was stable.


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