Port Princess dolphin cruises boat sinks off South Australian coast

Four men were rescued off the iconic MV Port Princess dolphin cruise boat before it sank off the south east coast of South Australia on Tuesday (May 16).

The alarm was raised around 6.30am when the Port Princess experienced mechanical issues and started taking on water about 11 nautical miles due south of Nene Valley, off the coast of Port MacDonnell.

A local crayfishing boat, the San Miguel, left Port MacDonnell to assist in the rescue and located the sinking vessel.

The four men on board were safely rescued and brought onto the crayfish boat. 

They were brought to shore at the Port MacDonnell boat ramp for paramedics to check them over. No injuries were reported.

The Port Princess was reportedly en route from Port Adelaide, where it was used as a popular dolphin cruise and recreational vessel for several years, to Victoria.

Source: SAPOL