Police's role in rescue

TIN Can Bay Coast Guard Commander Jim George has moved to clarify some comments made by a boat owner published in Tuesday's edition of The Gympie Times.

Commander George said his crew was called about 10.30pm on Monday to a fire on a boat moored at the pontoon where the old Tin Can Bay jetty used to be.

He said police requested the Coast Guard attend a boat fire in the interest of safety and to make sure the nearby houseboat didn't catch fire.

“It was at the sergeant's request that we actually attended with our rescue vessel and it was the Gympie police officer who asked the occupants to leave the houseboat, not us,” Commander George said.

“Coast Guard does not have the authority to remove people from their premises.”

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Maryborough area director Craig Lovell said the fire appeared to have started in the electrical wiring.

Gympie Times


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