Seafaris the 41 metre super yacht catamaran available for charter through Burgess has sunk off the coast of Queensland following an on board fire.
Eight guests and eight crew were on board the yacht when fire broke out and all were rescued exhausted and somewhat shocked at what had happened.
“The yacht caught fire in Cow Bay, about 50 nautical miles north of Cairns, about 6am on Thursday.
“The 16 people on board were forced to jump into life boats as Seafaris was engulfed by flames and sank.
“The Australian Maritime Safety Authority deployed its Dornier plane from Cairns, but a nearby container ship responded to the yacht’s mayday call and sent its own rescue boat to collect the stranded passengers and crew.
“The group was safely on board the container ship by 7.30am.
“The Queensland Ambulance Service said there were no reported injuries.
“AMSA’s emergency towage vessel Pacific Responder is heading to the scene and will work alongside Maritime Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Agency to respond to potential marine pollution issues.
“A Cairns coastguard radio operator said everything happened “bloody quick”