It started as a normal Sunday afternoon spent tubing on Western Sydney’s Nepean River before the unthinkable happened.
Harriet Davis, 12, was out on the water with her twin sister, Audrey Davis, and father, Stuart Davis. She was sitting on the boat, holding onto the sea biscuit – the inflatable tube you sit on – when a heavy gust of wind flipped the tow-able, taking Harriet into the water. In a few seconds, the rope connecting the sea biscuit to the boat, severed Harriet’s left wrist on impact.
Sharing her story on Monday night’s episode of A Current Affair, her father described the moment he realised the extent of what had happened.
“I reached in to pull her out and I pulled her out by her right hand and as I’ve done that I’ve noticed her left hand was missing,” he said.
“It was the worst moment in my life, to be honest.”
What happened next was a mad dash to get Harriet to hospital while making every effort to recover her missing hand, within the two hour window.
“I then tried to restart the boat, but the boat wouldn’t restart,” recalled Stuart.
“We were stranded out in the water.”
Luckily they managed to flag down two jet-skiers, one of whom took her back to the boat ramp where Dr Sarah Tyrell was waiting to rush her to hospital.