burning yacht

Brisbane Times - It was ferries to the rescue after a yacht caught fire at Kangaroo Point on Thursday morning.

A Brisbane CityCat was first on scene when smoke began billowing about 9.40am from the yacht moored directly opposite the Riverside Ferry terminal.

The ferry operator handed the crew a large fire extinguisher according to witness Peter Strempel, and then moved around to spray water on the yacht with its water cannon before docking.


Station officer at the Kemp Place Fire Station and responder Michael Pearce said the fire crew used a ferry to reach the yacht because it was the quickest way to get out there.

"You've got to use whatever resources you've got, in our eyes there's a boat there ready to go," he said.

"I asked the ferry driver to take me there, when we got there the elderly man was quite distressed, with burns to his hands and he was visibly shaken."

The man, in his 70s, was taken back to the ferry terminal and then transported to Mater Hospital by paramedics.

"Water police transported us, the fire crew, back to vessel just to isolate the gas, electrics," he said.



Brisbane ferries to the rescue after yacht fire


The witness Mr Strempel said the CityCat operator did a great job fighting the fire.

"Ferry captain deserves a commendation for quick thinking that probably saved the boat, and maybe its crew as well," he said.


"The fire was external, not inside the cabin, so even though it was quite extensively damaged externally he'll still be able to salvage it,"


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Source : MSN