Three men have been rescued from this 11m converted trawler which has sunk off Fraser Island.
Three men have been rescued from this 11m converted trawler which has sunk off Fraser Island. Hervey Bay VMR

Boat sinks on maiden voyage after conversion from trawler

UPDATE: An 11m motor cruiser was on its maiden voyage after being converted from a trawler when it sank off Fraser Island in the early hours of Friday.

One of the men onboard, Noosa's Barry Deans, said they left Tin Can Bay about midday on Thursday and anchored at Fraser Island's Yankee Jack Creek about 5pm.

He said about 1am on Friday, they realised the anchor must have dragged and in the process of dragging, put a hole in the bottom of the boat.

Mr Deans said they phoned 000 about 4am and the VMR arrived to rescue them about 6am.

He, the boat's owner John Gate of Gympie and Tony O'Neill of Tin Can Bay arrived in Urangan Boat Harbour about 8.30am.

Mr Deans said about a year had been spent converting the 1960s trawler into a motor cruiser.

EARLIER: Three men have been rescued from a 40ft timber motor cruiser sinking off the western side of Fraser Island on Friday morning.

Police communications Maryborough Sergeant Trevor Ferling said all three people had been rescued safe and well by Volunteer Marine Rescue and were being brought back to the Urangan harbour.

He said the private vessel started taking water about 3am after popping a plank about 50m from the island, south of Ungowa.

No further details are available at this stage.


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