Boat sinks after erupting into flames on northern Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 3.30 PM | A boat has sunk after catching fire in waters on the northern Gold Coast this afternoon.

The vessel erupted into flames at Tabby Tabby Island, near Jacobs Well, around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood a plane flying overhead spotted the blaze and alerted authorities.


Multiple emergency crews, including Queensland Fire and Emergency Service firefighters, Queensland Water Police and Volunteer Marine Rescue all rushed to the scene, with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter also tasked to assist.

However, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Air Crewman Sean Orsborn told myGC the boat was found fully submerged in the water by the time crews arrived.

“Once we arrived on scene we located a vessel submerged in the water on its side,” Mr Orsborn said.

Thankfully no one is believed to have been on board at the time.

“We conducted a thorough search from the air and no one was sighted in the area,” Mr Orsborn added.

Authorities are now working to contact the registered owner of the vessel.

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EARLIER @ 2.00 PM | Emergency crews are currently rushing to the scene of a reported houseboat fire on the northern Gold Coast.

The vessel is believed to have caught alight near the Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp at Steiglitz around 1.30pm, with fire crews receiving multiple calls for help.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has confirmed they are on scene.

Fire crews, Queensland Water Police and Volunteer Marine Rescue are also en-route.

It’s not yet known if anyone was on board the vessel or if anyone has been injured.

There are no further details available at this time.