Shotover Jet accident

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Five passengers have been injured in an incident involving major Queenstown jetboat operator, Shotover Jet, about 3pm today.

Emergency services personnel reportedly headed to Tucker Beach, about the furtherest point of the route plied by the company’s jetboats.

A company media release states the five passengers have been transferred to Frankton’s Lakes District Hospital, but it doesn’t yet know details of their injuries.

“A full emergency response by the company was put into action at the time of the incident,” the release states.

“The emergency services and Queenstown Lakes harbourmaster [Marty Black] were at the scene within minutes and Shotover Jet immediately suspended operations.”

Shotover Jet carried a record 145,337 thrill-seekers in its latest financial year ended June 30.

The Ngai Tahu Tourism company’s last serious accident was in 1999, when a Japanese passenger was killed.