Update: A 17-year-old school leaver has been flown back to Perth with severe head injuries this afternoon after a freak accident in Busselton.
It is understood the boy was struck through the eye socket by a tent peg while packing up his site at the Dunsborough Lakes Caravan Park.
Although it is believed the peg missed the boy’s eye, he suffered traumatic injuries after the implement his brain.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the Royal Flying Doctor Service said it had brought the boy back in a mercy dash.
He was flown into Jandakot airport shortly after 2pm before being transferred by ambulance to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
A spokesperson for the hospital said the teenager had arrived in a “critical” condition.
Dunsborough Sgt Craig Anderson described the event as a bizarre accident.
Sgt Anderson said police officers had come across the injured boy, who had been packing up his tent at Dunsborough Lakes Caravan Park, during a routine patrol.
It appeared the boy had received an injury to the eye from a tent peg and St Johns Ambulance officers had taken him to Busselton hospital.
“Police on patrol came across an injured boy, who said when he had been dismantling his tent, one of the ropes got caught under a peg, and he was conveyed by ambulance officers to Busselton hospital,” he said.
“It appears to be a bizarre incident.”
Sgt Anderson said leavers’ behaviour had, on the whole, been exemplary this week.