A yacht lies stranded on Torquay beach in Hervey Bay. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.
A yacht lies stranded on Torquay beach in Hervey Bay. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

Stranded yacht stops walkers in their tracks

A YACHT stranded on a popular Hervey Bay beach is causing a stir among visitors.

People exercising at Torquay beach could be seen stopping to take selfies in front of the vessel on Wednesday.

Other curious onlookers took photos of the unexpected new attraction from the jetty.

Hervey Bay Water Police officer in charge Sergeant Paul Bacon told the Chronicle the owner of the yacht had been identified.

The matter has since been handed over to Marine Safety Queensland to monitor in terms of salvage operations.

CCTV footage is being used to monitor the vessel.

Marine Safety Queensland general manager Angus Mitchell said the 7.6m fibreglass yacht washed ashore on Friday morning after breaking an anchor line.

Attempts to refloat the vessel on Saturday were unsuccessful.

The vessel does not pose an immediate pollution risk.

Mr Mitchell said it was the owner’s responsibility to remove the yacht.

MSQ has made contact with the owner to have the vessel removed.