Nov 092011

Australia’s Trasnsport Safet Board has launched an investigation into the breakdown of the tug Tuahine south of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

The vessel’s crew activated the tug’s 406 mHz EPIRB, thus declaring an emergency, about 80 nm ENE of Cape Moreton after the tug’s steering failed and couldn’t be fixed. The crew of 3 were airlifted off to safety and a tug from Gladstone was sent to take it in tow.

On 1 November 2011, the ATSB commenced a safety investigation into the incident.

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