Investigation launched after whale watching boat hit by freak waves

A Gold Coast whale watching operator has had its services temporarily suspended as an investigation is launched into a freak incident.

The Spirit of Gold Coast was on a Father’s Day whale watching tour yesterday afternoon when it was struck by two massive waves as it crossed The Seaway.

The force of the waves sent a number of passengers flying with one woman suffering a seizure.


She was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital while a man was treated for cuts to his leg.

The boat also suffered some damage during the incident.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has launched an investigation into the incident with officers spending most of the day inspecting the vessel at Coomera.

The skipper of the boat has also been interviewed as officials work out exactly what happened.

Spirit of Gold Coast owner Angela Del Bianco insists there was nothing to suggest conditions would be dangerous.

“It was safe to go because we always check the weather and it’s the skipper’s responsibility,” Ms Del Bianco told Nine News.

“Mother Nature, just two waves from nowhere, just nowhere.”

The vessel is expected to remain at Coomera for the next couple of days with the operator hoping to get it back into service by the end of the week.

Ms Del Bianco says they will look at their safety procedures in the wake of the incident.

“If anything needs to be adjusted in any shape or form, our number one priority is safety.”