Queensland Fire and Emergency Service are trying to free a child trapped in a septic tank at Campwin Beach.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service are trying to free a child trapped in a septic tank at Campwin Beach. Alistair Brightman

Boy taken to hospital after impaling foot in septic tank

UPDATE, 4.30pm: A 12-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after he impaled his foot on an object inside a septic tank, leaving him trapped.

At 4pm a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the boy was being transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition with a foot injury.

A Mackay Base Hospital spokeswoman said the boy was in a stable condition and will stay in hospital overnight.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said firefighters were tasked to the Campwin Beach Rd, Campwin Beach rescue at 2.30pm.

The child, who was with his father, was trapped with his head above the septic tank's fluid level, so he wasn't at immediate risk of drowning, the spokesman added.

Firefighters were forced to "cut the object stuck in his foot" to free the boy from the tank.

It's not known at this stage how the boy ended up trapped inside the septic tank, but the Queensland Fire spokesman said the top of the tank was broken when firefighters arrived.

He was unable to say whether the boy broke the top and fell into the tank, or whether it was broken before the boy was trapped.

 

Campwin Beach.
Campwin Beach. Peter Holt

INITIAL: EMERGENCY services are trying to free a child whose leg or foot has reportedly been impaled, trapping them in a septic tank.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said firefighters were tasked to the Campwin Beach Rd, Campwin Beach rescue at 2.30pm.

The child, whose gender and age are unconfirmed, was trapped with their head above the septic tank's contents and wasn't at risk of drowning, the spokesman said.

He added the child's foot was stuck in the tank and rescuers were "not sure if it's been impaled".

So, it's likely freeing the child will be "a matter of breaking things".

The spokesman said two fire trucks and Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics were already on scene, while two more fire trucks and Queensland Police were on the way to help.


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