Injured Antarctic expeditioner is Davis station chef

Expeditioner seated on rock with penguins in background
Dwayne Rooke at Macquarie Island in 2006. (Photo: AAD)

Saturday 25 October, 2008, 9 am

The Australian expeditioner injured in a quad bike accident in Antarctica on Monday (20 October) is Dwayne Rooke, 31, of Devonport, Tasmania.

Mr Rooke has been working as a chef at Australia's Davis station for almost 12 months.

Mr Rooke sustained multiple fractures and is receiving medical treatment from the doctor and lay medical team at Davis station, in consultation with medical officers at the Australian Antarctic Division.

His condition remains serious but stable.

Another doctor is on board the Australian Antarctic research and resupply ship Aurora Australis which is heading towards Davis station and is currently less than 800 nautical miles away.

The Australian Antarctic Division requests that media do not contact Mr Rooke's family or expeditioners in Antarctica.