The bride who died in a golf buggy accident while honeymooning on Hamilton Island has been identified.
Marina and Robbie Morgan exchanged vows ten days ago at Doltone House in Sydney before heading north to holiday in Queensland, 9News reports.
Mrs Morgan, 29, was in the passenger seat while travelling along Whitsunday Boulevard at about 4.30 on Monday afternoon when the buggy’s battery went flat.
Her new husband, 30, tried to perform a U-turn to go back and charge it – however, the vehicle flipped over.
Police say Ms Morgan, who is from western Sydney, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and fell onto the road.
Marina and Robbie Morgan married ten days ago at Doltone House in Sydney surrounded by loved ones
Bystanders – including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor – dragged her from the buggy and tried to resuscitate her for 35 minutes, but she tragically died at the scene.
Her husband was not injured.
‘(She) was in cardiac arrest and along with a number of first aiders on the island performed resuscitation for 35 minutes without success,’ Graeme McIntyre, from Queensland Ambulance Service, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
‘When paramedics arrived, the patient had been removed from the roadway and placed to the side of the road and … in the lateral position to clear her airway which is absolutely fantastic for first aiders to do.’
The 29-year-old woman was a passenger in the buggy when it overturned while travelling south on Whitsunday Boulevard at about 4:30pm on Monday (pictured, a buggy on the island)
The buggy is understood to have been doing a U-turn at an intersection near Coral Sea Avenue on Queensland’s Whitsunday Island (pictured, an aerial view of the holiday island)
Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan said: ‘It just appears inexperience in driving that type of vehicle, turned too quick and rolled on its side and unfortunately, it has ended up with this result.’
‘It’s just … tragic that the golf buggy, maybe through inexperience driving those types of vehicles while turning has rolled on its side.’
Investigators said alcohol was not involved, and there was no indication of dangerous driving.
Golf buggies are the main form of transport on the holiday island and can be hired for a small fee with no training required. They are all fitted with seatbelts.
Hamilton Island (pictured) is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55km off the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef
A rescue helicopter in nearby Townsville was called to take the woman to hospital, but was stood down due to the severity of her injuries.
Hamilton Island is a popular tourist destination and is located about 55km off the Queensland coast, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton island stopped using six-seater petrol buggies in 2016 after a smash that left a woman and her nine-month-old in a critical condition, and injured seven others.
The baby girl was sitting on her mother’s lap while her family was being driven to the airport by a local worker.
She suffered serious head injuries when the vehicle, which was towing a luggage trailer, crashed into parked golf carts on the Great Northern Highway.