BATTLING ON: After the devastating fire that left the Freedom Flyer destroyed, Max Allen Jnr said the ferry service to Great Keppel Island was open for business.
BATTLING ON: After the devastating fire that left the Freedom Flyer destroyed, Max Allen Jnr said the ferry service to Great Keppel Island was open for business. Trish Bowman

Freedom Fast Cats alive and well after terrible boat fire

IT will take more than a devastating fire to keep the Allen family from Freedom Fast Cats down, and with a little help from the community, they are determined to bounce back.

Last week as the Better Homes and Gardens crew, along with over 200 people, climbed aboard the Freedom Adventurer to be ferried to Great Keppel Island, Max Allen Jnr said the fire that destroyed two vessels and damaged another three had hit the family hard, but they had continued to operate their business as normal.

"We lost the Freedom Flyer which was our first vessel in the fleet that we have been operating for the past 16 years," Max said.

"While it has been a real blow to us, right now we need to let people know it is business as usual.

"We have forensics, assessors and surveyors going through everything now to ascertain the cause of the fire and to establish if there is anything we can salvage from the Freedom Flyer.

"When all of that is sorted we will need to get cleaners in to clean up all the debris."

Max said while there was a lot going on in the background, the ferry service to Great Keppel Island woulod continue to operate as usual.

"What we need most right now is to get on with the job and it is a good time to remind people that not only are we continuing to operate, GKI is also open for business," he said.

"We encourage everyone to take a trip over to the island and see for yourselves that there are a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

"The food facilities available are excellent and the water sports offer a full range of things for people to do. Ferrying is our core business ... "



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