Couple and their ‘sea dog’ make a lucky escape from yacht inferno


Water police in Queensland were called to a yacht in Moreton Bay that was fully engulfed in fire about 5.30am this morning.

A 64-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were on board with their Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. The trio, who lived on the yacht, were rescued by the Brisbane Water police.

The couple, originally from Victoria, were unharmed by the fire. Charlie, the dog, was also unharmed, according to a statement by Queensland Police.

A man, a woman and their Jack Russell were rescued this morning from a burning yacht.Source:Supplied

Charlie, a Jack Russell on board the burning yacht, was lucky to escape with his life.

Charlie, a Jack Russell on board the burning yacht, was lucky to escape with his life.Source:Supplied

The cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated but is not considered suspicious, according to police.

With Easter coming up, boaties should be well-prepared, according to Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow from Brisbane Water Police.

“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,” Senior Sergeant Bairstow said.

“Communicate (your) travel details so people know where you are and when you are expected to return.

“Water Police wish everyone a safe Easter on the water.”



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