UPDATE 10:23AM: Extraction crews have towed the beached boat 1.5 kilometres up Mooloolaba beach, coming to a halt at beach access marker 195 near the rivermouth.

The path has been closed to the public at the access marker 195, near Parkyn Parade, as crews prepare to tow the vessel up onto the soft sand where it will be dismantled.

Mooloolaba's ill-fated crabbing boat is slowly being dragged along the beach.
Mooloolaba's ill-fated crabbing boat is slowly being dragged along the beach. Patrick Woods

Excavators are currently digging a divot in the soft sand so they can securely rest the ruined boat. Dismantling the destroyed crab boat could begin as early as tomorrow.

Clayton's Towing told the Daily that there were concerns that the hull would fall apart in the towing process.

Crews paused midway through dragging the boat to its final resting place to check the hull, but it appears to have  stayed in-tact throughout the removal.

UPDATE 9:51AM: Mooloolaba's ill-fated crabbing boat is slowly being dragged along the beach.

A convoy of removal crews made up of three Clayton's Towing vehicles, a bobcat, and an excavator are helping extricate the marooned crabbing vessel from the beach.

RUN AGROUND: Crowds have gathered to watch the boat dragged off the beach.
RUN AGROUND: Crowds have gathered to watch the boat dragged off the beach. Patrick Woods

A small crowd is following the towed boat along the sand.

Clayton's Towing workers are keeping the crowds from getting too close to the Matahari in case it breaks apart.

The boat is being dragged at walking pace, with crews stopping to check over the wreckage before continuing to move.

EARLIER 9:00AM: EXTRACTION crews are gearing up to remove the marooned crabbing boat from Mooloolaba Beach.

The 15 metre Matahari is already connected to a large loader tuck that will drag the boat 1.5km along the beach and off the sand.

RUN AGROUND: Crews are preparing to drag the boat off the beach.
RUN AGROUND: Crews are preparing to drag the boat off the beach. Francesca McMackin

Once the truck begins towing the boat along the sand the extraction could take as little as five minutes - if the hull doesn't break apart.

Clayton's Towing owner Mike Clayton said their priority is protecting the beach if the boat breaks apart. 

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"The biggest risk for us - there's a couple of factors - is obviously (it will) fall apart," he said.

"If it's going to fall apart, we can't let it happen in that bathing section, that is our biggest priority."

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Deep dips will be created in the sand during the removal, but machinery is ready and waiting at the beach to cover up any cavities and return the beach to its pristine condition.

Beachgoers will be excluded from the sand for the next couple of hours during the removal process.

RUN AGROUND: Crews are preparing to drag the boat off the beach.
RUN AGROUND: Crews are preparing to drag the boat off the beach. Francesca McMackin

Crowds have already gathered at the waterfront, with over one hundred people ready to watch the extrication of the ruined vessel.

The boat as it goes up will make a dip in the sand but will be covered with heavy machinery

The removal is set to begin in the next half an hour.



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