Abandoned boat recovered and destroyed on Gold Coast

An abandoned 12-metre boat which sank off Steiglitz on the northern Gold Coast is set to be recovered and destroyed today.

It’s the fourth vessel to be destroyed on the Gold Coast this week, and the 15th this year, as part of the Queensland Government’s $20 million initiative to rid Queensland waterways of unsafe and unsightly abandoned vessels.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the owner of the boat, which is set to be destroyed this morning, could not be identified and it could not be salvaged.


“Weather permitting, contractors will refloat the boat and tow it to its yard, remove it from the water by crane and then crush it on land,” Mr Bailey said.

“This is the fate that awaits abandoned vessels.

“It is an eye-sore and a menace to other boaties and it has to go.

“It is always the owner’s responsibility to remove their vessel if it becomes unseaworthy or wrecked.”

Since July, 73 derelict boats have been removed from waterways throughout the state

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority works in partnership with other agencies, including Maritime Safety Queensland and the Department of Environment and Science, to identify and remove the problem vessels.