Quick-think­ing re­turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ONE of Port Dou­glas’s largest reef ves­sels, Quick­sil­ver 5, was forced to re­turn to the ma­rina when the en­gi­neer on­board no­ticed a me­chan­i­cal er­ror with one of the en­gines tur­bos on the way to the reef last week­end.

The ves­sel was car­ry­ing 160 pas­sen­gers to the Great Bar­rier Reef last Satur­day morn­ing when the en­gine turbo broke and the skip­per de­cided to re­turn to the ma­rina at 12.30pm.

Quick­sil­ver man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Baker said it is not a reg­u­lar event where a boat would be brought back into Port Dou­glas.

“In this cir­cum­stance the en­gi­neer on board and the skip­per de­cided it would be best to bring the boat back to the ma­rina,” he said.

“The pas­sen­gers on board were of­fered lunch when they re­turned to Port Dou­glas and were all of­fered a full re­fund for their trip.

“The boat was re­paired that evening and Quick­sil­ver 8 was op­er­at­ing on Sun­day morn­ing.”

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