Gold Coast boat catches fire at Main Beach, eight rescued

| 07.08,19. 01:46 PM |


Gold Coast boat catches fire at Main Beach, eight rescued


Photo: Those on board escaped without any major injuries. (Supplied: Queensland Ambulance)

Eight people whale watching off the Gold Coast have been rescued after their catamaran caught fire and sank off Main Beach this morning.


Two locals, aged in their 70s, had taken German and Austrian friends out for the day when they ran into trouble about 9:00am.


Police said early investigations indicated there was an electrical fault in the engine room of the 18-metre vessel, which quickly escalated.


"The skipper has heard a bang and gone down in the engine room to inspect the cause," Senior Sergeant Jay Notaro said.


"He opened up the switchboard and at that time, it immediately combusted and fire has broken out.


"He has got everyone together, onto the tender, and from there has made a distress call and emergency services responded."


Beverley Weldon from the Gold Coast Seaway Tower said nearby boats were the first to call for help, just after 9:00am.


The catamaran, called Renee, was fully engulfed by flames, about 8 kilometres off Main Beach, when emergency services arrived.


A thick black plume of smoke could be seen from the shore.


Stuart Cutajar, from the Queensland Ambulance Service, said the group, aged between 13 and 78, was examined once onshore at the Water Police Station at Main Beach.


He said they were shaken but not injured.


"They have gone out to enjoy some time together and encountered this situation, so I would say they would have been fairly shaken from it," he said.


"The vessel was well involved so it would have been a confronting scene for sure.


"It could have been a lot different.


"My understanding is no-one spent any time in the water and [there were] no burns."


Senior Sergeant Notaro said fortunately it was a good news story.


"The people are all well, no injuries at all, in quite good spirits actually," he said.


Police do not believe the fire was suspicious and said the boat was insured.


Senior Sergeant Notaro did not believe the boat would be salvageable, and therefore authorities were unlikely to determine the cause of the fire.


abc


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Teenage cyclist dies after being hit by school bus at Raymond Terrace Man arrested after two bodies found at house in Sutherland, Sydney Yaris driver seriously injured in Sydney head-on crash Australian telcos fined for not revealing how slow their internet speeds might be on the NBN Mobile phone payments ban at takeaway drive-throughs spark motorist backlash Federal Government to consider domestic gas reserve to force down prices Australia looks to access US fuel reserves to shore up supplies amid Persian Gulf tensions ACCC appeals against court decision on Woolworths' 'biodegradable' picnic products UNLEASH YOUTH DAY & CAREERS EXPO Three teenagers injured in stabbing at Sydney party Four teens charged after high-speed chase in stolen car Mascot Towers repair bill passes $10 million as residents hit with special levy funding arrangement Driver in Cooma fatal car crash arrested trying to board flight at Sydney Airport Perth teacher jailed for grooming and sexually abusing two teenage students Killer jailed for 23 years for murdering, decapitating housemate ANIC: EID AL-ADHA ANNOUNCEMENT 2019 Jetstar flight returns to Sydney Airport Potential sightings of missing Melbourne man at Mt Buller Fake improvised explosive devices slip through regional airport security More than 20,000 NSW hospital workers walk off the job Senate launches inquiry into 'robo-debt' Five charged over corruption, bribery at WA's North Metropolitan Health Service after CCC investigation Political inaction to blame for failure to meet road safety targets, peak motoring group says Man calmly walks from NSW prison cell after alleged horrific crime Wanted man arrested and charged over Plainland killing after month on the run Man fighting for life after 30-tonne boat falls on him at work Inflation edges higher on fuel and medical, but childcare costs fall Federal Police push back at media bosses wanting greater press freedom following journalist raids Driver dies in fiery crash moments after doing burnout in front of police M4 delays in Sydney after motorcyclist killed in crash