WATCH: Three rescued before fishing trawler runs aground on Gold Coast

Police have released footage of a dramatic rescue in waters off the Gold Coast.

A 17-metre fishing trawler lost power as it tried to enter the Gold Coast Seaway just before 1pm on Tuesday afternoon.

The vessel was unable to drop its anchor in the rough conditions and it began drifting dangerously close to the seawall.


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Three people onboard the trawler opted to abandon ship as Water Police watched on.

The two males and a female were picked up by a jetski before being transferred to the Police boat and returned to shore.

The 55-year-old male skipper was treated by paramedics for a head injury before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

The trawler later ran aground on South Stradbroke Island where it remains today.

It’s not clear when the vessel might be able to be retrieved.

WATCH: Three people rescued after trawler loses power at Gold Coast Seaway

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