Man es­capes burn­ing yacht

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM Sarah.Barnham@sc­news.com.au

A MAN was forced to aban­don his ves­sel af­ter it burst into flames off a Noosa beach yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Pere­gian Beach Surf Life Sav­ing guards on duty re­ported the blaze about 3pm on Fri­day, 10km off Mar­cus Beach.

Water Po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Niall Ap­p­le­yard said life­guards gave po­lice up­dates from the beach un­til a West­pac Res­cue chop­per ar­rived.

He said the man es­caped the yacht safely us­ing a small dinghy, and was picked up by an­other yacht nearby.

Snr Const Ap­p­le­yard said the man stayed on board the pass­ing yacht un­til the Noosa Coast Guard ves­sel picked him up about 4.30pm.

“There was only one male on board at the time of the fire and he is safe and well,” he re­ported to the Daily at 6pm yes­ter­day.

“We don’t know the name of the yacht or its regis­tra­tion at this point and we are un­sure how the fire oc­curred.”

He said Mar­itime Safety Queens­land had been in­formed of the in­ci­dent.

“The ves­sel has flipped, which may po­ten­tially be an is­sue later in terms of spilled fuel,” Snr Const Ap­p­le­yard said.

Emer­gency ser­vices re­ceived sev­eral 000 calls from Coast res­i­dents.

Photo: West­pac Res­cue

ABAN­DON SHIP: A man was forced to es­cape a burn­ing yacht off Mar­cus Beach yes­ter­day us­ing a small dinghy. Water po­lice said the fire burned for about two hours.

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