Man loses leg after boating accident

A MILDURA man has had his leg amputated after suffering severe injuries in a boating accident on the Murray River at Gol Gol.

Senior Constable Ben Oelsnik from Dareton Police said emergency services were called to scene about 4.45pm on Friday.

“A 44-year-old Mildura man was injured while swimming at the rear of a houseboat,” he said.

Sen-Constable Oelsnik said the man had been swimming from the back of the hire boat when his leg made contact with the running propeller.

“He was taken by ambulance to Mildura Base Hospital where he underwent surgery, and was later flown out to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where his left leg was amputated,” he said.

Ambulance Victoria media spokesperson John Mullen said paramedics attended the scene off Riverview Rise, where the man had suffered “severe injuries and lacerations to his thigh, foot and ankle”.

Mr Mullen confirmed the man was flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) about 1am Saturday morning after being stabilised in Mildura.

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