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Update: Authorities monitor sunken boat after floating inferno in Halls Head


The owner of a boat which caught fire and sank in waters off Halls Head on Saturday will be required to salvage the vessel according to the Department of Transport.

Emergency services received reports a 10-metre cabin cruiser was on fire located in waters of the Peel Inlet, 20 metres west of Boundary Island, about 3:15pm.

Firefighters met with Water Police and Marine Safety vessels, at the Fisheries and Water operations centre on Breakwater parade in Mandurah, before they rushed crews, out under lights and sirens, to the blaze.

Crews used firehose reels, attached to emergency services boats, to battle the floating inferno for more than an hour.

The Department of Transport (DoT) told Skeer Media efforts were made to save the vessel but it eventually sank without any reported injuries.

“The vessel has been marked with an isolated danger mark and navigational warnings have been issued to ensure vessels maintain a safe distance. It is not believed to be a health hazard,” a Department of Transport spokesperson said.

“The owner of the vessel will be required to arrange the removal or utilise a salvage crew to do so.

“If an owner fails to salvage their vessel, DoT can remove the vessel and pursue the registered owners for costs under the Western Australian Marine Act 1982.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the cause of the fire was deemed an accident.

When asked about wildlife and safety concerns due to the potential of an oil and fuel spill DoT said it was monitoring the situation.

“The majority of the hydrocarbons on board were burned during the fire,” a spokesperson said.

“DoT is continuing to monitor and will response to any pollution coming from the vessel.”

The Department of Transport confirmed the boat was insured while the Department of Fire and Emergency Services estimated the damage to be about $100,000.

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