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At about 0048 on 30 September 2017, the Australian Border Force vessel ABFC Roebuck Bay grounded near Henry Reef off the north-east coast of Queensland. The vessel was subsequently re-floated and taken under tow by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's emergency towing vessel Coral Knight.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation and is collecting relevant evidence, including interviewing directly involved parties. The evidence will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. This draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

 
General details
Date: 30 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0048 (AEST = UTC +10) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Henry Reef  
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: June 2018  
 
Vessel details
Operator: Department of Immigration and Border Protection 
Vessel: ABFC Roebuck Bay 
Flag: Australia 
IMO: 9193094 
Sector: Other 
Type of Operation: Border protection 
Damage to Vessel: Substantial 
Departure point:Thursday Island, Queensland
Destination:Cairns, Queensland
 
 
 
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Last update 04 October 2017