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Yacht to be demolished after  crash onto rocks

Shaw Island - Eastsound, WA. The large vessel  hit a rock near Burning Point on Shaw Island.

“By the time help team were in contact with the sailing ketch ‘Isabella’, they standing by and taking some of the passengers from the damaged vessel on board their yacht.”

The owner of the stricken vessel asked for a water pump as the yacht was taking on water, it was stated.

After speaking with Whitsunday Water Police, the skipper dashed to Abell Point Marina to prepare a VMR vessel “while a crew was organised”.

The crew left the marina at 9.45am and cruised off “in perfect conditions”.

“We met the ketch ‘Isabella’ near Lindeman Island and confirmed that three persons from the disabled boat were on board and on their way to Hamilton Island,” the page stated

“The skipper of the ketch said that the vessel had hit Platypus Rock and had a large hole in it and that the owner and his wife were still there in their tender.

“When we arrived at the scene VMR Midge Point was also there. One of their crew had gone with the owner to check out the situation.”

The water police soon arrived to take control and after discussions with the owner and a VMR Midge Point crew member, “it was decided that pumps were not required, as the vessel had a large hole and was sitting on the rock with the tide falling”.

An insurance company was apparently notified and a salvage company contacted.


“With the owner and his wife on board, we towed their tender to Hamilton Island where we met up with the vessel ‘Isabella’ and left them to meet up with their passengers,” it was added.


The owner said the yacht was being patched and refloated, before its taken to Airlie for demolition due to extensive damage.


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