Owner Gordon Wooler (left) inspects his boat while fire-fighters dampen down a fire in the cabin.
Owner Gordon Wooler (left) inspects his boat while fire-fighters dampen down a fire in the cabin. Sharyn Oneill

Boat owner furious after fire

A BOAT owner is fuming after a fire was lit in the cabin of his boat moored by the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton.

Gordon Wooler said juveniles had trashed his boat, moored out of the water off Wharf St for renovations, on three previous occasions but yesterday afternoon was the first time they had set a fire inside it.

“I'm not too happy the way they have been trashing it.

“This is the first time they have set fire to it.”

Police are treating it as arson.

Mr Wooler said he was a pensioner who used to work as a professional fisherman.

He said the youths had also thrown lifejackets and other belongings over the side.

His nephew, Steven Watson, said complaints had been laid before with the police but nothing had been done.

“The cops won't do anything about it,” he said.

District duty officer Senior Sergeant Ralph Faria said at 1.50pm two witnesses had spotted smoke coming from the boat and ran towards the vessel.

The two people extinguished the fire in the cabin room and told police they had seen two juveniles running from the boat before they spotted the smoke.

If you have any information contact the police on 4932 3500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.



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