Gold Coast teen arrested over NSW trawler fire

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Aftermath of the destructive blaze in May, 2013. IMAGE: ABC

A GOLD Coast man accused of sparking a blaze which destroyed a fishing trawler and sank a yacht at a Coffs Harbour marina last year has been arrested and extradited to New South Wales.

Emergency services were called to the Coffs Harbour Marina about 12:15am on May 3 after the fishing boat went up in flames.


While firefighters were attempting to extinguish the blaze, the engine of the vessel started and the trawler moved away from the mooring, forcing firefighters to jump over board.

The out-of-control trawler continued along the harbour where it smashed into a yacht, causing it to sink, before slamming into rocks.

The blaze was deemed to be suspicious and, following protracted investigations and acting on information provided by NSW Police, Queensland detectives arrested a 19-year-old man at a house in Broadbeach on Monday.

It’s alleged that he was employed as a deckhand on the trawler at the time it went up in flames.

The 19-year-old man was taken to Southport Watch House and charged with an outstanding arrest warrant and refused bail.

Yesterday, detectives from the NSW Police’s Marine Area Command attended Southport Local Court where they were granted permission to extradite the man to NSW.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted conditional bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday July 21.