The salvage operation of a fishing trawler Joseph M which ran aground near Lady Elliot Island has been successfully completed over night. The fishing trawler has been safely towed to Bundaberg for repairs. Salvage crews inspected the trawler's hull after its recovery and reported it was intact and had sustained very little damage during the grounding. There was no evidence of pollution during the salvage operation and the voyage to Bundaberg.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.