Police investigate boat fire

POLICE are investigating a boat fire which occurred off the far north coast yesterday morning.

About 11am, the 40-foot motor yacht was about 17 nautical miles east of Cook Island when a fire broke out on board the vessel.

The 59-year-old master, the only occupant at the time, jumped into the water to escape the fire.

He was in the water for about five to ten minutes before two of his passengers, a 47-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, who were riding jet skis at the time the fire broke out, returned to the vessel.

Queensland Water Police as well as Marine Rescue New South Wales and two rescue helicopters were deployed to assist.

The three occupants were rescued by a passing boat before being transferred to a Marine Rescue vessel and returned to shore at Tweed Heads.

The $400,000 vessel was completely destroyed by the fire.

Police from Tweed Heads Local Area Command will investigate the cause of the fire and a report will be prepared for the Coroner, due to the cost of the fire.



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