Dozens of revelers are thrown into the water as the birthday party boat crashes in front of scantily clad guests MOON spectators back ashore
- Authorities are investigating how party boat crashed into canal marker
- The charter boat was badly damaged and took on water
- Passengers recalled the terrifying ordeal of being thrown into a collision
A birthday party on a harbor cruise has ended in disaster after the boat slammed into a buoy, throwing passengers overboard.
Dozens of partygoers were caught off guard after their charter boat crashed about 2km from shore in Fremantle Harbor on Saturday as temperatures in Perth hit a sweltering 39C.
The remaining passengers on board were forced to scramble to the back of the ship when the boat began to take on water.
Marine police were called to the scene to rescue passengers who had been thrown overboard and escorted the badly damaged boat safely back to Fremantle Boat Harbour.
This party charter boat is in need of major repairs after crashing into a canal marker
Photos from the crime scene show significant damage to the front of the charter boat, including the ripped hull.
A man believed the boat’s skipper saw the funny side of the ordeal and was seen dropping his pants for onlookers on the moon and media crews covering the scene, Perth Now reported.
No major injuries were reported.
About 30 passengers were celebrating a 26th birthday on the charter boat at the time.
One passenger who remembered the ordeal said they all thought it was a joke at first.
“There was a huge shock out of nowhere. We just floated along and the next minute we just stopped and everyone just fell,” Mikayla Brown told Nine News.
“It was pretty hectic.”
Western Australia Police have questioned the skipper and have launched an investigation into the incident.
Police later denied reports that passengers had been thrown overboard by the impact.
“No reports of injuries, crashes or people thrown overboard,” said a spokesman.
“This is now a matter for the Department of Transport and the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority.
Thirty passengers who were on board at the time were hurled by the impact but were not injured
It was a busy day for Perth’s waterways that ended in tragedy with a nighttime boat collision.
A woman is dead and another is missing after a boat with four people on board collided with a marker near Mandurah Bridge at around 10pm Saturday, throwing two women overboard.
A woman, 54, was pulled from the water but unfortunately could not be resuscitated.
Police spent the night searching for the other woman, 52, who is still missing.
A 47-year-old man, believed to be driving the boat, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
A second man on board was unharmed.