Five rafters rescued following Franklin River incident


Five people have been rescued from the Franklin River in the state’s south west after their raft overturned.


Police were notified of the incident shortly before noon today, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the area.


On arrival at the scene, it was established that a group of 16 private rafters had been involved in a rafting incident on the Franklin River two days earlier.


Authorities were only notified today.


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was utilised to transport the patients due to the remote location of the area.


Five people received non-life threatening injuries in the incident. A 63 year old Hobart man, a 47 year old Hobart woman and a Lonnavale man were transported to Derwent Bridge, where they were transferred to the air ambulance and taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment.


A 37 year old Sandfly man and a 27 year old Hobart woman are currently being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.