The skipper of a fishing trawler has been treated for a head injury after his vessel was hit by big waves while trying to navigate the Gold Coast Seaway.
The trawler is understood to have lost power and steering as it tried to enter the Seaway just before 1pm on Tuesday.
The vessel was then pounded by big waves which have been hitting the Gold Coast all day.
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The skipper, a man in his 40s along with two crew members were later picked up by Water Police and Volunteer Marine Rescue
They were taken back to shore before the injured man was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
The trawler later ran aground on nearby South Stradbroke Island.
A hazardous surf warning remains in place for Gold Coast waters.