Four people managed to escape after the million-dollar luxury boat they were sleeping on exploded into flames on a NSW north coast river.
The four fled the boat on Tuesday, about 11.30pm. They had been sleeping while the vessel was moored on the Coolongolook River near the Wallis Lake inlet west of Forster.
The fire caused extensive damage to the vessel and following consultation with specialists from NSW HAZMAT and Roads and Maritime Services, the vessel was towed out to sea, where it eventually sank 30 metres to the ocean floor.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the fire, which is believed to have been deliberately lit, and would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the fire and is yet to provide a statement.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.