Emergency Towing Vessel Pulled Damaged Patrol Boat to Cairns 

The ABFC “Roebuck Bay”, 134 ts, which was grounded at Henry reef at 16 knots at 1 a.m. on Sep 30, 2017, was towed backwards by the “Coral Knight” to Cairns on Oct 5 after having been re-floated and taken under tow by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency towing vessel.

The damaged boat limped into Cairns in the early morning to undergo repairs in a Portsmith dry dock.Coral-Knight

It suffered serious damage to its hull, with one hole measuring approximately 8×05 meters. The cause of the incident has not yet been revealed. The GBRMPA would be assessing if there was any environmental damage to the reef.