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Yacht Catches Alight Off Moreton Island


UPDATE | Water Police are urging boaties to make sure their vessels are up to scratch, after they were called to a yacht on fire south west of Moreton Island on Friday.

Just after 5.30am, police were called to a yacht which was fully engulfed by the fire.

With the assistance of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the fire was put out.

A 64-year-old man, a 53-year-old woman and their pet Jack Russel, Charlie, escaped the burning yacht in their tender.

Water police transported the trio to the Brisbane Water Police facility.

The couple, originally from Victoria, lived on the yacht. They and Charlie were not physically injured.

The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious and investigations are continuing.

Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow, Officer in Charge Brisbane Water Police said with Easter coming up, boaties should be well-prepared.

“Water Police would like to give a timely reminder for all boaties to check their vessel is in a safe and operational condition, ensure they have the required safety equipment,” Acting Senior Sergeant Bairstow said.

“Communicate their travel details so people know where you are and when you are expected to return.

“Water Police wish a safe Easter on the water.”

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EARLIER | A Yacht is on fire off Moreton Island on Friday.

Water Police are responding south west of Moreton Island.

The two people on board have been located safe and well and have now left the yacht.

More to come. 

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