By LUIS FELIU
WELL-known Australian entertainer Jade Hurley was recovering in The Tweed Hospital yesterday from injuries received after being trapped in his motorhome which was swept away by floodwaters.
Hurley, 62, renowned as Australia's king of country rock music, was travelling alone on his way from his home at Palm Beach to Tamworth late on Wednesday when he tried to drive his luxury motorhome through a flooded Bangalow Road near Binna Burra. The motorhome was apparently hit by a wall of water and the popular pianist-rocker was knocked out in the ordeal.
Rescuers, including State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service volunteers, police and Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club members, were quickly on hand and spent almost two hours getting him safely back to dry land.
A surf club rubber ducky was used to ferry him from where the motorhome was washed away back to the road and he was then taken by ambulance to Byron Bay Hospital just after 6.30pm.
He was kept in hospital overnight and treated for a minor head injury, concussion and hypothermia.
Yesterday morning, Hurley was transported to Tweed Hospital for further tests and scans and last night was reported to be in a stable condition.
However, his manager Judy McRae said Hurley was too ill to speak to media as he was "throwing up all the time", had bruising to his face and needed to rest for a few days.
"Unfortunately we've had to cancel the first couple of his shows ? he was set to perform nine shows, one a day there, but he still might make it for a couple of shows depending on how he feels in the next couple of days," she said.
Hurley, awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) medal in 1999, lived on the Tweed for about 12 years on his property at Carool before moving to the Gold Coast and was popular around the club entertainment circuit.