Yacht runs aground off Abrolhos

Dominique BayensGeraldton Guardian

A co-ordinated rescue is taking place after a yacht ran aground at the Abrolhos this morning with passengers on board.

Geraldton police responded to a call at 5.38am that the yacht, believed to be more than 24m long, had run aground at Turtle Bay on East Wallaby Island.

Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group communications officer Ian Beard said the yacht, named Phoenix, came off its moorings after high overnight swell and was driven aground.

“Police asked me if I could get assets and I was trying to get in touch with the island leader and the Master Class, which is Maritime Institute’s vessel, came back,” he said.

Mr Beard said the skipper of the Master Class had been trying to re-float the yacht, assisted by another vessel, Blue Lightning.

“The trouble was the tide was rising and the swell was driving it further onto the reef,” he said.

Mr Beard said the passengers have been rescued and rescue vessels would try to re float the vessel again tomorrow.

“It might be another victim of the Abrolhos,” he said.

Mr Beard said the passengers on board were most likely asleep at the time and no EPIRB had been activated.

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