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Tuesday, October 4, 2005


Australian Victims

Wounded ripped apart by nails and ball bearings

A dozen injured Australians have begun receiving treatment in Darwin for horrific shrapnel wounds sustained in the Bali blasts.

The 12 injured and their families were evacuated from Bali on two RAAF Hercules aircraft. The aircraft arrived in Darwin about 6am today. The injured were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital.

Seven of the Australians have serious, possibly life-threatening injuries. Most of the injuries were inflicted by shrapnel.

One of the injured will be flown to Sydney to be treated for a serious eye injury inflicted by a ball bearing. The other will undergo surgery at Darwin.

Destruction on a peaceful shore

This was heaven. On the beach at Jimbaran Bay, it was dinner time and a group of australians were blessed with Bali at its most beautiful.

It was Saturday night, and at least nine couples, all from Newcastle, were sitting at their tables on the sand, watching the lapping waves and waiting for the meals.

Among them were Jennifer Williamson and her husband, Bruce, on their first trip to Bali. Their son Duncan was in Bali, too, but had not joined them for dinner. This night was for the adults, friends and business associates who had accompanied their children on a surfing trip.

Then, about 7.30, the unimaginable: bombs exploding under their legs. The peaceful shore ran with blood. Mrs Williamson and two others were killed, her husband critically injured. All the Australians were hurt, some critically.

Yesterday, an entire ward of the intensive care unit at Bali's Sanglah hospital - handed over last year as a memorial to the victims of the 2002 attacks - was occupied by members of the Newcastle group.

Back in their home town, loved ones were coming to terms with the news that the holiday had come to a shattering end.

Teen victim's father still critical

The mother of the teenager killed in the Bali bomb blasts is flying to Singapore to be at the bedsides of her injured daughter and critically ill former husband.

Brendan Fitzgerald, 16, from Busselton, 230 kilometres south of Perth, died when a bomb ripped through the Kuta Square restaurant where he was sharing a meal with his sister Jessica, 13, and father, Terry, on Saturday night.

Jessica, regained consciousness yesterday after suffering burns to the front of her body, but her father, who was also burned, remains critically ill.


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