Rescuers sent to jetty collapse at Rottnest Island

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RESCUERS responded to a jetty collapse involving up to four people on Rottnest Island this morning.

Three people were injured during a fishing trip off the Army Jetty at the southern end of Thomson’s Bay after 6am this morning.

Police were called about 6:20am with reports that multiple people were injured and possibly trapped.

The RAC rescue chopper transferred two middle-aged women to Royal Perth Hospital and a primary school boy to Perth Children’s Hospital.

The 11-year-old boy received a head injury and fractures during the collapse.

His mother and another woman were also injured during the collapse.

The pair aged, 63 and 48 years of age, both received lower leg injuries during the collapse.

One of the women’s legs were trapped during the incident and she was stuck in the water for about an hour before she was freed.

The boy was unconscious when emergency service workers arrived, however, he regained consciousness soon after.

The RAC Rescue Helicopter, and Water Police vessels from Fremantle were sent to the incident.

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Volunteers from Fremantle Sea Rescue were initially deployed aboard two of their rescue vessels, however, they were stood down and returned to shore.

The Rottnest Island Army Jetty was built before World War II.

WA Liberal leader Mike Nahan told 6PR today that his government had planned to replace the jetty after the 2017 election.

He claimed that this plan was scrapped by the current State government.