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Endeavour crewman hurt in rough seas

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AN ONBOARD emergency has brought the HMB Endeavour to Coffs Harbour a day early, after a crewman was injured due to 'roller coaster' seas on Tuesday night.

The crewman suffered a suspected fractured collarbone and concussion after he was thrown from his hammock when the vessel hit rough seas off Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.

Endeavour shore manager Paula East said the stop in Coffs Harbour was a safety procedure to ensure the crewman's comfort.

“It's pretty hairy out there and we thought it would better to get him off the rolling ship than to have him out there,” Ms East said.

“The Endeavour was brought in to anchor so we could transfer him to an ambulance then to hospital for a check up.”

The man is one of the paying volunteers of the 56-strong crew who Ms East said 'provides the muscle to get the ship going'.

Fellow crewman Mike Hill said the swell was 'bouncing' the ship on Tuesday night.

“We were thrown around like the biggest Ferris Wheel and roller coaster rolled into one,” Mr Hill said.

Ms East said the Endeavour would stay in the outer harbour yesterday before approaching the inner harbour on high tide at approximately 4.30pm today.

“The planned entrance is dependant on conditions and the captain will stand off until he feels the approach can be made safely,” she said.

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