Environmental issues make salvage a priority

THE TASMANIAN owners of a 180-tonne fishing trawler run aground on Fraser Island are expected to make a salvage attempt today or tomorrow.

The 20-metre trawler has been stranded in the shallows on the eastern side of the island since Wednesday morning.

It is believed the vessel's entire crew may have been sleeping when it beached at 4.15am about 3.5km north of Yidney Rocks.

A police spokesperson said yesterday afternoon Marine Safety Queensland and a tug boat operator were on the island assessing the situation.

Because of environmental issues, the owners were being advised to attempt the salvage as soon as possible.

The four fishermen on board the trawler at the time of the incident have returned to Tasmania uninjured.

Police investigations into the incident continue.



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