Au­thor­i­ties say Sea­faris wreck not a con­cern

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MAR­ITIME Safety Queens­land have said they are not con­cerned about a small amount of diesel leak­ing from the su­per yacht, which sunk off the coast near Cow Bay.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred last Thurs­day when six­teen peo­ple had to be res­cued af­ter the $15 mil­lion Sea­faris, owned by New­cas­tle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy, caught fire and sank.

The first started in the port en­gine room. MSQ said their divers de­tected small bub­bles of diesel es­cap­ing from the hull but said it would do more dam­age to the hull to try and plug the small leaks than to just leave it. They are cur­rently work­ing on a sal­vage plan to lift the wreck from the bot­tom of the sea.

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