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Weather: Tall ship trouble leads to ‘massive’ rescue op

Meteorologist Helen Reid said a weather system battering Brisbane was skimming the Gold Coast, but it was not likely conditions would worsen on Saturday or Sunday.Hundreds of homes are facing inundation in Brisbane, towns are going under across the state and 70 Queensland schools have been closed on Friday.Ms Reid said there was a possibility the system would shuffle towards the Gold Coast but it was not likely. “The Gold Coast can breathe a sigh of relief,” she said. Ms Reid said rainfall soaking the region was expected to ease on Sunday. It’s been blowing a gale in some parts of the city.The bureau forecast north-easterly winds of 15-25 km/h tending easterly 15-20 km/h into the evening on Friday.On Thursday night, neighbouring Scenic Rim Regional Council sent an advice message to residents, warning them of heavy rainfall and flash flooding. “Multiple roads are currently being impacted by flooding and road closures are in place,” it read.“Everyone in the SRRC area is urged to stay up to date with the latest information from the Bureau of Meteorology.”Ms Reid said Mount Tamborine received 60mm and Beechmont 114mm.The Gold Coast only received about 10mm in most areas on Thursday night. Ms Reid said the bureau had escalated a hazardous surf warning to a dangerous surf warning on Friday morning for exposed beaches.Gold Coast City Council announced on Friday morning all beaches would remain closed due to the unstable conditions. NED-3269 Gold Coast Download Newsletter BannerThe City’s three sandbagging stations are open from 6am – 6pm on Friday.They are located at: 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot), 42-44 Boyd Street, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot) and 61 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre).Signage is in place on site to direct motorists to the sandbagging stations. “Please drive carefully and to the conditions,” a Gold Coast City council message said. “If it’s unsafe to be on the roads, please stay home.”FLOODED/CLOSED ROADS AS OF 9.30AM FRIDAY:– Birds Road, Guanaba– Clagiraba Road, Clagiraba– Tarata Road, Guanaba– Lanes Road, WongawallanTall ship runs into trouble on Gold CoastVolunteer Marine Rescue Southport has told of a “massive operation” to assist a well-known tall ship and its crew members being thrashed by wild weather off the Gold Coast.Gold Coast Water Police and the marine rescue organisation were called to assist “distressed” crew aboard the 44m long Soren Larsen sailing vessel trying to enter Gold Coast Seaway on Wednesday.“Given the sea conditions offshore, meeting the vessel at sea was not an option,” a VMR Southport statement read.The Soren began “taking on a substantial amount of water and urgently needed pumps” by about 9pm and was impacted by an “engine room fire” about 10.30pm.“Soon after, the vessel indicated it had lost all engine power and was going to anchor on Deadman’s Bank north east of the Seaway. In doing this the vessel lost its main anchor.” VMR said.“A short time later the vessel reported the engine was now running again, the fire was controlled, but the water intake was so bad, there was grave and imminent danger to the vessel, however, they believed they could enter the Seaway. “Soon after, this was attempted successfully, with a massive amount of sparks emanating from an exhaust stack on the vessel, however the skipper reported this to be OK.”The Soren proceeded into the Broadwater and unsuccessfully tried to anchor adjacent to VMR before a successful attempt further upstream.“VMR had already supplied two water pumps to the ship and these were working flat out,” VMR said.Rescuers were called off about 11.45am, but VMR was contacted by police soon after advising a crew member had suffered a severe cut to his foot.“VMR returned to the scene, and took the crew member off the ship, provided medical assistance, and then organised for the patient to be taken to hospital,” VMR said.“The ship now appears safe, with a lot of repair work needing to be done before it can again set sail on its journey south (to Sydney).”VMR thanked the Soren’s crew for their co-operation, police for co-ordinating and its own crew tasked on the night.The Soren can be privately chartered and sails on Sydney Harbour most days for lunch and twilight dinner cruises, according to the Sydney Harbour Tall Ships website.“Venture onto the open ocean aboard Soren Larsen for whale watching to witness the spectacle of the annual whale migration to and from Antarctic waters,” the page reads.“From time-to-time Soren Larsen sails beyond Sydney and this is your chance to fully immerse yourself in ocean sailing at its finest.”NED-2822-GCB-APPRoads and beaches closed for another day May 12: Roads and beaches on the Gold Coast have been closed for another day as the region braces for more wet weather and increasingly hazardous conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain on the Gold Coast until at least next Thursday.Upper Springbrook received 108mm of rain, Oxenford 61mm and Biggera Dam 29mm on Wednesday.Bureau hazard preparedness officer Brooke Pagel said meteorologists would be keeping an eye on areas where intense bursts of rainfall were expected in case of any flash flooding. “There will be really high rainfall on Thursday and Friday,” she said. “It will likely ease off to showers on Saturday.”Ms Pagel said there was a flood watch active for the Tweed River, but no flood watches on the Gold Coast on Thursday morning. Forecasters predicted 10-20mm of rain in the city on Thursday, however, Ms Pagel said heavier rainfall could bring higher totals in some areas.She said there was a system over Brisbane bringing up to 50mm, which could move towards the Gold Coast. Ms Pagel said there was a hazardous surf warning planned for Friday and she encouraged beachgoers to listen to lifeguard and lifesaver instructions – if beaches are not closed again.“We want people to keep an eye on weather warnings,” she said. “Stay safe on the road.”Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was called to two swiftwater rescue jobs on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night, on Birds Road at Guanaba and Hardys Rd at Bonogin. No occupants were in or around the vehicles when rescuers arrived, so they were called off.Gold Coast City Council has closed almost ten roads due to flooding (listed below).The council has been “monitoring the weather situation closely”.“The current forecast indicates that the Gold Coast is likely to continue to receive heavy falls into Friday,” a council statement read.“While the rainfall is not expected to cause major flooding, we know the catchments have received a lot of rain in recent months and it could lead to flash flooding.The council’s three sandbagging stations are open from 6am-6pm at 232 Old Pacific Hwy, Pimpama, 42-44 Boyd St, Bilinga and 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads.Signage is in place on site to direct motorists to the sandbagging stations.If it’s unsafe to be on the roads, please stay home.On Wednesday, More than 70 sporting ovals in the city were closed due to the wet weather.Ovals closed included Surfers Paradise Demons Sir Bruce Small park, Parkwood Sharks Musgrave sports park, Mallawa Sports complex, Coomera Magpies Coomera sports park and more.To check out the full list of closures visit www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au and click through to sporting field closures.“We keep our sport and recreational facilities open as much as possible to maximise use. But sometimes we need to close sports fields because of wet weather, or for maintenance,” a council spokesperson said.“It is not possible for Council officers to inspect all sports fields within all parks and weather conditions may change during this time.NED-2822-GCB-APP“In these cases, it is the responsibility of the respective club onsite to determine playing and/or training conditions.”ROAD CLOSURES: – Lanes Rd, Wongawallan.– Berrigans Rd, Mudgeeraba.– Tarata Rd, Guanaba.– Birds Rd, Guanaba/Maudsland.– Hardys Rd, Bonogin/Mudgeeraba.– Clagiraba Rd at Clagiraba.– Hotham Creek Rd at Willow Vale.– Kianga Crt, Currumbin Valley.NED-3269 Gold Coast Download Newsletter [email protected] follow Crystal Fox

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