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Freak wave pushes Spirit of 1770 catamaran onto rocks

The Lady Musgrave cruise ship which departs from Seventeen Seventy crashed into the headland rocks when returning from a trip yesterday afternoon. Photo Holly Atkins
The Lady Musgrave cruise ship which departs from Seventeen Seventy crashed into the headland rocks when returning from a trip yesterday afternoon. Photo Holly Atkins Holly Atkins

THE Spirit of 1770 catamaran ran aground on Saturday afternoon on the headland rocks at Seventeen Seventy.

As it was making its way back from Lady Musgrave Island during low tide through a local creek, a "freak wave" changed the direction of the boat.

Discover 1770 travel agent Holly Atkins said the business was not taking bookings for the Seventeen Seventy to Lady Musgrave Island cruise on The Spirit of 1770 for this week.

She said it was due to damage caused by the catamaran running aground on Saturday.

Lady Musgrave Cruises spokesman Rob Moore said the skipper felt it was safer to continue on the course and hit the sand, rather than turn and hit a sand bar.

He said it was the first time this had happened with the Spirit of 1770 catamaran.

"We have a lot of problems with a creek here - especially with the low tides.

"The skipper was a little embarrassed," he said.

"He thought, 'I can't believe this'."

Within half an hour all passengers were off the boat, taken back to land by a transfer boat.

Mr Moore said there were some scratches on the boat as a result.

"It's just one of those things that happens with a boat," he said.

"We were hoping to get ahead of the really low tide on that vessel, unfortunately with the silting in the water and a rogue wave that came in and moved the vessel, this is what happened.

"But no one was at risk or injured. Everyone was happy and cheerful when they came in," Mr Moore said.

SUNDAY: Lady Musgrave cruise ship The Spirit reportedly crashed into the Seventeen Seventy headland rocks on Saturday between 5.15pm-5.30pm.

Initial reports have indicated that no passengers were injured.

Topics:  agnes water, cruise, lady musgrave




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