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M.Y. Seafaris catches fire and sinks

03 Oct Posted by in Latest News, Motor Yachts | 1 comment
M.Y. Seafaris catches fire and sinks

Sixteen people were forced to abandon ship when the luxury superyacht M.Y. Seafaris caught fire and sank off the far north Queensland coast this morning. Eight passengers and eight crew were on board the Seafaris when the blaze broke out on the 41-metre vessel in Cow Bay in the Daintree region about 6am (AEST).

Seafaris is considered one of  Australia’s finest Superyachts available on the Great Barrier Reef.  The yacht boasts three guest levels of designer decks with an 11metre beam and spans 41 metres in length, the design has been cleverly carved to balance privacy, comfort and space.


Guests and Crew abandoned ship and were rescued about 90 minutes after the emergency mayday call  by a bulk carrier which heard the yacht’s broadcast for assistance.

Guests have now been transported to Cairns where paramedics have checked two elderly passengers.

Seafaris rescue

The Seafaris is owned by property developers the McCloy Group, whose chairman is Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy.

Mr McCloy is on his way to Cairns to find out what happened. He says he is devastated the multi-million-dollar vessel, which attracted visitors from around the world, has been destroyed but is thankful those onboard are safe.

“(The boat was) a marvellous thing for Australia and it was doing great charter work, but the charterers on board are safe and that’s the main thing I’m concerned about at the moment.”

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

The Newcastle-built Seafaris undertakes charter trips and tours of the Whitsund

ays and the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns.

The seven-year-old vessel boasts accommodation for up to 10 guests and 10 crew, as well as a gymnasium, cinema, library, spa and cocktail bar.

To view what was the luxury superyacht Seafaris, more information can be found here;

Original news story sourced from ABC News.ABC News




M.Y. Seafaris interior Saloon

M.Y. Seafaris interior Saloon

M.Y. Seafaris Aft Dining

M.Y. Seafaris Aft Dining

M.Y. Seafaris Main Saloon

M.Y. Seafaris Main Saloon

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