29 November 2023

Crew members rescued after trawler sinks off Cape York

| Matt Nicholls
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The FV Santiego sunk near Weary Bay on Tuesday night.

Four crew members were last night rescued from a sinking trawler in Weary Bay, off the coast of Bloomfield.

The crew of FV Santiego sent a distress signal on Tuesday evening and Sea Swift’s nearby vessel, the Albatross Bay, responded to the call.

It’s understood that the crew members – three men and one woman – were still on board the sinking trawler and were just minutes from being in the water.

Queensland Police Service then engaged the Cooktown Coast Guard to pick up the crew members from Albatross Bay.

“We rendezvoused with them at about 9pm,” said Nick Davidson from the Cooktown branch of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.

“The crew were OK but they were shaken, quite understandably.

“My understanding is that the boat was sitting deep in the water when they were picked up and had little freeboard by the time they were evacuated.”

Mr Davidson said they were lucky that the Albatross Bay was nearby and that they were not too far from Cooktown.

The Albatross Bay came to the rescue of the stranded crew members.

The crew members were accommodated at The Seaview in Cooktown overnight.

The FV Santiego was previously owned and operated out of Port Douglas by Laurie Moull.

He told Cape York Weekly he was saddened to hear the news.

“As long as the crew are OK that’s the main thing,” he said.

“She was good to us over the years.”

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