Massive search underway after a 13-metre boat runs aground near a popular beach with the engine still running and a dog on board but NO sign of the crew
- A boat was found near Bribie Island, off the coast of Caloundra, 4.30pm Tuesday
- Lifeguards went aboard and found the motor on, a dog, but no sign of the crew
- A major air and sea search is underway to find those who were on the vessel
- QLD Police said a man was found clinging to the ladder of a beacon around 8pm
A massive search is underway after a 13metre boat ran aground with the engine still running without any sign of the crew.
The vessel was found abandoned at the northern tip of Bribie Island, off the coast of Caloundra, in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, about 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Lifeguards climbed onto the yacht and found a dog, the motor still on and no one on board.
The vessel (pictured) was found at the northern tip of Bribie Island, off the coast of Caloundra, in the Sunshine Coast, about 4.30pm on Tuesday
Surf Life Saving Queensland said lifeguards at a nearby beach spotted the boat about 30 minutes earlier and went to investigate.
The coast guard, a rescue helicopter, a police boat and jet skis are searching out at sea in rough conditions to locate the crew.
A QLD police spokesman said a man had been found clinging to the ladder of a water beacon around 8pm.
Police are still working to determine how many other people were on the boat.
Local Glen Whisson said he noticed the boat at 4pm while walking along the beach.
‘It seemed to be drifting very aimlessly,’ Mr Whisson told the Daily Telegraph.
‘It came right ashore but there was nobody on board at all.
‘We’re hoping nothing tragic has happened… The inflatable dinghy on the back of the boat was just swinging around wildly.’
More to come.
The coast guard, a rescue helicopter, a police boat and jet skis are searching out at sea in rough conditions to locate the crew