Just in time
Christmas helpers keep plans afloat
The Exmouth community rallied to save a visiting family from having to spend Christmas on dry land with no fish.
Cindy Dubyniak and her family had come to their holiday home in Exmouth fresh from having their boat serviced in Perth for a week on the water.
The only problem was the boat was not fixed.
Mrs Dubyniak said not getting out to wet a line would have been “absolutely devastating”.
“My husband was devastated for the kids as my son was only there for four days and really wanted to go on the boat,” she said. After calling around unsuccessfully, Mrs Dubyniak went to Exmouth Tackleworld late in the afternoon, where Matt Gates, Abel Manning and James Abberley offered to have a look.
They found the problem and after a bit of help from Exmouth Automotive and Boating, the boat was fixed and ready to hit the water.
“Apart from breaking a rod, they managed to catch some fish and everyone had a ball,” Mrs Dubyniak said.
“We were absolutely gobsmacked at how lucky we were.”
Exmouth Tackleworld owner Jeni Gates said helping those in need was part of what made a small community like Exmouth.
“It wasn’t just us though — the post office was open late on Christmas Eve for people to collect parcels and the Caltex Starmart opened on Christmas morning for people who needed last-minute things,” she said.
Peter and Ben Dubyniak and Michael and Fred Newland managed to get out on the water eventually.