The Spirit of 1770 up in flames. Photo: Courier Mail
The Spirit of 1770 up in flames. Photo: Courier Mail

Police search sea bed for boat

QUEENLAND Maritime Safety and Queensland's Water Police unit have had no luck finding the wreckage of a catamaran that went up in flames 16 nautical miles from Lady Musgrave Island.

The pair are still scouring the sea bed off Agnes Water's coast as police believe the wreckage could hold vital clues revealing why the boat went up in flames.

Police believe the catamaran's engine caught alight during the trip but why it did remains a mystery.

Passengers have spoken out about their agonising six-hour wait at sea on life rafts before they were transported to the 1770 marina where they received medical checks.

Agnes Water senior constable Simon Burns said police hold concerns the vessel, a large passenger reef cat which had 42 passengers on board during the incident, could pose a "maritime hazard".

"Being a fairly busy maritime area -- you just want to be able to mark the spot where it is," he said.

But authorities are waiting until the vessel is found before they commit to diving to it, with Mr Burns saying it would depend how deep it is.

He said police were obtaining statements from those involved in the incident as part of the investigation.



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