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INXS guitarist Tim Farriss sues boating company for $750,000 after his ring finger 'was severed during a horrific accident with an anchor chain - leaving him unable to play or write music'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/10/2018 Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia

I a person standing posing for the camera: INXS guitarist Tim Farriss (pictured) is suing a boat company for $750,000 following a horrific accident to his ring finger that put the iconic band on hiatus © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited INXS guitarist Tim Farriss (pictured) is suing a boat company for $750,000 following a horrific accident to his ring finger that put the iconic band on hiatus NXS guitarist Tim Farriss is suing a boat company for $750,000 following a horrific accident to his ring finger that put the iconic band on hiatus.

Mr Farriss, 61, claims his left hand was severely maimed in a boating accident with an anchor chain on board a rental boat.

The gruesome accident occurred on the Omega Clipper 34, in Sydney's north on January 24, 2015, the Daily Telegraph reported. 

The guitarist is now suing for damages at the NSW Supreme Court.

In a statement tendered to the court, the musician said he has not been able to play for the band or write music following the incident.

a group of people posing for a photo: The guitarist is now suing for damages at the NSW Supreme Court as Mr Farriss has been unable to play for the band or write music following the incident (pictured: INXS) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The guitarist is now suing for damages at the NSW Supreme Court as Mr Farriss has been unable to play for the band or write music following the incident (pictured: INXS)

With the support of the band's holding company, Montana Productions, Mr Farriss has launched legal action against the owners of the leisure cruiser, John and Jill Axford, and the Northern Beaches based company responsible for renting the boat, Church Point Charter.

Mr Farriss claims the owners and rental company were negligent because the boat had a malfunctioning anchor mechanism that spun out of control, according to the statement.

He says his hand became tangled when he tried to fix it. 

This has been denied by the owners and the rental company, who claim the boat was in safe working order and Mr Farriss had been warned not to put his hand in too close. 

Mr Farriss underwent extensive surgery to reattach his ring finger, as well as suffering lacerations to his index, middle and little finger, the statement said. 

The guitarist claims he has suffered from depression and anxiety due to the chronic pain and restricted use of his hand.

He is requesting special damages from the court as he is now unable 'to continue to perform as a member of INXS', his statement said.

Montana Productions is also suing over the loss of 'royalty income from the activities of INXS', the Daily Telegraph reported.  

The action was launched in the Supreme Court, where cases with damages more than $750,000 are heard, on January 23. 

INXS formed in Sydney's north in 1977, originally named as The Farriss Brothers. 

The band was fronted by Michael Hutchence for 20 years before he committed suicide in a Sydney hotel room in 1997. 

INXS has sold over 55 million records worldwide and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. 

The case will return to court on October 16.

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