Volunteer boat hits whale off Stradbroke
FEARS are held for a whale involved in a collision with a Volunteer Marine Rescue boat off North Stradbroke Island last night.
The collision tore apart one of the catamaran's hulls, injuring two crew members.
Tony Hawkins, Volunteer Marine Rescue vice president, said the 10-metre catamaran was en route to help another vessel off Stradbroke Island’s Point Lookout when it collided with the whale about two nautical miles off shore shortly after 6pm.
‘‘As [the boat] came off a wave the whale came up underneath at the same time and impacted the bow of the boat,’’ Mr Hawkins said.
Two of the five people on board were injured in the crash, with one suffering a dislocated shoulder and the other minor facial injuries. They were taken to Redland Hospital for treatment.