On October 16, the 17 meter long fishing vessel Dianne capsized in Bustard Bay near Seventeen Seventy, Queensland, Australia. The trawler had capsized in bad weather during the night with the master at the helm and six crew asleep below. One crewman was able escape from the overturn vessel and clung to the hull for several hours before the Dianne sank. A passing yacht spotted him in the water and rescued him.
Reports state that several other crew had survived the capsizing and could be heard tapping inside the hull before the vessel sank. Authorities have launched a search and rescue in the surrounding area, but weather conditions has slowed the effort. The six crew were still reported as missing.
On September 15, the 50 meter long fishing vessel Mana ran arground on Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia. Initial attempts to refloat the vessel by the crew had failed and the crew were forced to stay on board until the following day by a passing boat. The two crew were uninjured and safely taken to Bundaberg.
The Mana rests on a sandbank and is high and dry during low tide. Authorities report no damage and no pollution has been released, but the fishing vessel had some 8 tons of fuel on board at the time of the grounding. Authorities have a vessel monitoring the situation and are working on a salvage plan.
The 41 meter long luxury yacht Seafaris caught fire, exploded, and sank while off Queensland, Australia. The Seafaris was off Cape Tribulation with eight crew and eight passengers when one of the crew discovered the vessel was on fire. A distress call was sent out and before all 16 on board escaped into the vessel’s life rafts. They were later rescued by a passing container ship. After several hours the Seafaris burned until it sank. No reports of injuries.