A crane and a front end loader lift the vessel on to a truck on the beach on Fraser Island.
A crane and a front end loader lift the vessel on to a truck on the beach on Fraser Island.

Yacht runs aground at Hook Pt

AN around Australia voyage was cut short just two days into the trip when the 47ft yacht Promise ran aground on Hook Point on Fraser Island.

The luxury yacht with three men aboard ran into trouble off Rainbow Beach on Thursday when a rope fell over board and tangled in the prop burning out the gear box.

Dean Hayes from Rainbow Beach Recovery who was in charge of the salvage effort said the Tin Can Bay Coast Guard was called and tried to tow the stricken vessel over the Wide Bay Bar into the sheltered waters of the bay.

He said rough seas caused the tow rope on the Coast Guard vessel to break twice and they had no choice but to leave the vessel to its own devices.

By Friday morning, the Promise had washed ashore on Fraser Island seven kilometres North of Hook Point.

Mr Hayes and his salvage team went to the rescue on Friday removing the keel of the vessel and towing the luxury yacht above the high water mark for safety.

On Saturday the team removed the keel from the surf, brought in a crane and at front end loader to help lift the boat on to the back of the truck to remove it from the beach and transport it back to Brisbane for repairs.

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