20m trawler beached on Fraser
POLICE are investigating why a 180-tonne fishing trawler came to a grinding halt on Fraser Island yesterday morning.
The 20-metre trawler - ironically named Impact - ran ashore about 3.5km north of Yidney Rocks on the eastern side of the island.
It is believed the vessel's entire crew may have been sleeping when it beached about 4.15am.
A police spokesperson said the four fishermen on board were able to anchor and exit the vessel without any dramas.
They were taken to the Happy Valley ambulance station to dry off, warm up and arrange transport off the island.
Yesterday evening the trawler was still stranded in the shallows near Yidney Rocks.
Police said commercial marine salvage companies and environmental concerns would dictate how and when the boat was removed.
A tug boat is expected to leave Brisbane for Fraser Island this morning.
Maijan Goulding, manager of Yidney Rocks beachfront apartments, said she had never seen a boat run aground on the beach before.
“It's quite rare that sort of stuff happens ... mind you there's a strong easterly happening at the moment,” she said.
Ms Goulding, who is also a Fraser Island artist, said the boat caused quite a stir with the locals and tourists.
“It was really quite busy down there,” she said.
“There were plenty of people gathered around the boat taking photos.”