Stranded Trawler Fraser island: 16 September 2017

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We came across this trawler stranded on Fraser Island close to Happy Valley on the morning of 17 September 2017.

Apparently the boat ran aground at full speed with its nets still in the water trawling for fish. The 26 year old captain and crew bailed chip and were now where to be found. Police got hold of the captain a few hours later in Rainbow Beach.

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It was apparent that no one was steering the boat at the time of the accident. Lol. There were two similar boats close by and they were busy attaching ropes in order to try and tow it back to sea.

Maritime officers managed to re float the trawler at high tide on Tuesday night. It was apparently towed to Bundaberg.

Officers from the Department of Maritime Safety made several unsuccessful attempts to remove the vessel from a sandbank after it became stuck about 6.30am on Saterday Saturday.

You never know what you will see next on this beautiful Island.