Seatbelt could have saved tourist
IF THE occupants of the 4WD that crashed on Fraser Island on Sunday had all been wearing seatbelts, a Japanese tourist would not have been killed.
That’s the opinion of Greg Ohl of Fraser Island Recovery and Towing Service who said yesterday that young tourists were exuberant once they got to the island.
He says the young people and tourists who come to the island are carefree.
“These youngsters are open to a freedom that they’ve not experienced in their life before.”
Mr Ohl questioned how tourists could be better educated about 4WD operations on Fraser Island.
“Many of them don’t speak English,” he said.
“And it’s not the vehicles which are to blame.
“Even experienced drivers get into trouble, this place will bite them.”
Police have not yet released the name of the Japanese tourist who died in Sunday’s accident.
The four men and three women who were also in the accident ranged in age from 29 to the youngest Japanese tourist of 22.
The 29-year-old driver was still in intensive care in the Royal Brisbane Hospital last night.
Another man and woman were still in the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable condition; two were in Hervey Bay Hospital in a satisfactory condition while the others have been discharged.
Young international tourists heading to Fraser Island yesterday in hired 4WDs were reluctant to talk to the media, some oblivious to Sunday’s fatal accident.
Four troop carriers and three 4WDs were parked at River Heads, where they waited for the barge to take them to the island for three and four-day holidays.
Tourists said they had been through an hour tutorial about driving on the island and the conditions which they might encounter.
They watched a video on the perils of driving on sand.
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