A Victorian couple and their pet dog, Charlie, have had a lucky escape from a burning yacht in waters off Moreton Island in South-East Queensland on Friday.
Authorities were alerted to the burning boat on the south-west side of the island just after 5.30am.
Police said the 15-metre yacht was well alight when water police arrived.
Queensland Ambulance said paramedics assessed the 64-year-old man and 53-year-old woman, who lived on the yacht, for smoke inhalation at the Port of Brisbane.
Acting Senior Sergeant Daniel Moyle said the pair were lucky to escape unharmed.
“Because they were very well prepared and they knew their vessel, they got off the ship very quickly and effectively and it potentially saved their lives,” Senior Sergeant Moyle said.
“They heard some noises, and got up to see lights in the kitchen area and they’ve immediately evacuated the ship to a tender and went to a nearby yacht to raise the alarm.
“They’ve lost their vessel and yes they are obviously upset and a bit distressed but they’re coping quite well.
“Not sure of exactly where the fire started — that’s something for investigators to look into.”
Sea dog Charlie, rescued from the burning yacht. pic.twitter.com/zyoZzPmX4A
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He said the couple had since contacted their insurance company.
“Efforts are currently underway to ensure the vessel is salvaged,” he said.
The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious and investigations are continuing into what caused the blaze.
Officer-in-charge of the Brisbane Water Police, Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow, said with Easter coming up, boaties should be well prepared.
“Water police would like to give a timely reminder for all boaties to check their vessel is in a safe and operational condition, ensure they have the required safety equipment,” Acting Senior Sergeant Bairstow said.
“Communicate their travel details so people know where you are and when you are expected to return.”