Man escapes burning yacht
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.
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.