In October, a number of incidents involving domestic commercial vessels were reported to AMSA. Of the incidents reported, nine were serious.
- A fishing vessel capsized with seven crew on board. One person was rescued, two people were confirmed deceased and the remaining four people are missing, presumed deceased.
- An explosion erupted on a hire-and-drive vessel after attempts to start the inboard engine ignited fuel vapour. Two people on board suffered burns and were taken to hospital for treatment.
- A crew member on a work boat suffered a hand-crush injury when a crane load shifted. First aid was provided before the person was taken to hospital.
- A work boat with one person on board capsized. Water Police located and rescued the person.
- A fire broke out in the wheelhouse of a fishing vessel. All four crew evacuated into the life raft and were later rescued, suffering from minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
- A passenger vessel collided with two swimmers, who suffered minor lacerations.
- A small fire broke out on board a passenger vessel. Water police rescued the four people on board. One person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.
- A person fell between the wharf and a passenger vessel while disembarking. The person was recovered with no injuries.
- A work boat capsized after a mooring line became hung up on shallows. Attempts to unhook the mooring line caused the vessel to pitch, take on water and capsize. The vessel was towed back to a nearby jetty and turned upright again.
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