Man charged with grievous bodily harm over prawn trawler incident off the Gulf of Carpentaria
Posted On April 5, 2022
A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm on board a prawn trawler about 200 nautical miles off the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Just after 9pm on Saturday, emergency services in the north-west Queensland town of Normanton responded to a triple zero call from the skipper of a vessel who had just set out on an almost month-long voyage with a full crew.
Rescue teams made the almost three-hour trip to the prawn trawler and once they got on board police quickly arrested a 27-year-old Parramatta Park man who had been restrained by other members of the crew.
A paramedic treated another 27-year-old man from Western Australia who had a very deep laceration on his arm, which resulted in multiple nerves and tendons being cut.
The trawler crew had performed lifesaving first aid to help stop the bleeding from the man’s arm before paramedics arrived.
While on the trawler, police took witness statements and gathered evidence, including a knife that was allegedly used in the incident.
“Once we had completed our duties and the patient was stabilised, we returned to the VMR (volunteer marine rescue) vessel,” Senior Constable Grodzicke said.
“The injured man was laid down in the cabin and the alleged offender was placed at the rear of the boat around six metres away for the near three hour return trip back.”
When the group returned to shore, the injured man was taken to Normanton Hospital, and the arrested man was taken to Normanton Police Station.
Detectives charged him with one count of grievous bodily harm.
Senior Sergeant Dave Perry said he was pleased with the work of the police officers who attended the tricky scene.
“They’ve shown ingenuity and resourcefulness beyond their years and as their OIC — and just as a policeman — I’m very proud of their efforts toward enhancing community safety … wherever they’re called to,” he said.