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UPDATE: Beached trawler refloated off Fraser Island

STRANDED: Authorities will attempt to refloat a trawler beached on Fraser Island after unsuccessful attempts over the weekend.
STRANDED: Authorities will attempt to refloat a trawler beached on Fraser Island after unsuccessful attempts over the weekend. Contributed

UPDATE:

A trawler that was beached on Fraser Island has successfully been refloated. 

Maritime officers refloated the trawler at high tide on Tuesday night after it became beached over the weekend.

It was 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 Saturday. 

EARLIER: 

MARITIME officers will attempt to refloat a beached trawler on Fraser Island on Tuesday night, following unsuccessful attempts over the weekend.

Officers from the Department of Maritime Safety have made repeated attempts to remove the vessel from the sandbank after it became stuck about 6.30am Saturday.

A further attempt to tow the vessel on Sunday night failed after the tow line broke.

"Almost all fuel, product and fishing gear has been removed from the vessel, significantly reducing any pollution risk to the environment and lightening it for a refloat attempt tomorrow evening," a spokesman from the department said.

"Maritime Safety Queensland and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers will continue to closely monitor the operation."

The vessel's 26-year-old skipper was reported missing on Saturday morning, but was found later that same afternoon.

Topics:  boat accident fcfraserisland fraser island


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