Warwick wakeboarder recovering
THEY don't call it extreme sport for nothing, as 16-year-old Leanne Brown and her family found out.
Leanne was flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Brisbane, after a wakeboarding accident at 1pm Sunday.
She was being towed behind her boyfriend's boat at Leslie Dam when what was thought to be a jet ski travelling too close caused Leanne to fall from her board and she was knocked unconscious.
Leanne's mother, Trudi Brown, did not see her daughter fall, but had spoken to Jake Peters, Leanne's boyfriend and driver of the boat.
"Jake said there was a jet ski that came too close a few times and another boat which was the legal distance away," Mrs Brown said.
"But the wave from the boat and the jet ski caused her to go up and smack down again."
The wakeboard split on impact.
After her tumble, Leanne said she was all right and tried to ride to shore, but blacked out on the way back.
"Jake turned off the boat and dived straight in to get her. It was lucky he got to her before she went underwater," Mrs Brown said.
Leanne had drifted in and out on consciousness after being taken to the shore.
Ambulance officers diagnosed suspected head injuries and CareFlight sent a helicopter to bring Leanne to Brisbane.
She was released from hospital at 6pm Sunday and was now recovering at her Warwick home.
"I want to publicly thank Kevin Wendt and his ambulance crew for their support," Mrs Brown said.
"They kept me calm."
She said there should be tighter rules and patrols in the area to avoid similar incidents.