MILLIONS IN DAMAGE: A number of vessels, including the Freedom Flyer, were destroyed by fire at Rosslyn Bay Harbour (inset) at the weekend.
MILLIONS IN DAMAGE: A number of vessels, including the Freedom Flyer, were destroyed by fire at Rosslyn Bay Harbour (inset) at the weekend. Allan Reinikka Rokaboatfir

Investigators probing Rosslyn Bay boat fire

IT'S hard to put a timeline on a forensic examination, but the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service may know the cause of the Rosslyn Bay boat fire as early as today.

Acting Inspector Mel Adams said they were being open-minded about the possible cause.

"It could be anything from a mechanical fault to deliberate action," she said.

She said a marine surveyor was gauging the damage to the police vessel to see if it could be taken to a dry dock in Gladstone.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow also said police were no longer searching for a vehicle of interest, with information about a purple XR8 Ford discounted as part of the investigation.

"It's hard to put a timeline on forensics - it's a slow and meticulous process," Det Insp Shadlow said. "When a fire takes hold as much as it has, it takes longer."

Freedom Fast Cat owner Max Allen Jr said the blaze, which destroyed their passenger catamaran Freedom Flyer, was very disappointing. The Flyer was the first boat in their fleet and they have been operating for 16 years.

"Now we just need people to know we are still open for business, we still have Wild Duck and Adventurer," he said.

The fire, which was reported about 9pm on Saturday, is believed to have caused millions of dollars damage. It destroyed a Marine Parks vessel and the Freedom Flyer, and damaged a Water Police vessel, another commercial vessel and a private yacht.

FERRY TIMES

The Freedom Fast Cats ferry service to Great Keppel Island is now operating as normal

Departure times: 10.30am Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.15am Wednesday to Sunday

Return times: 2.30pm Tuesday, 3.45pm Wednesday to Monday

Prices at freedomfastcats.com



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