Just in time

Christ­mas helpers keep plans afloat

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Duby­niak

Peter and Ben Duby­niak and Michael and Fred New­land man­aged to get out on the wa­ter even­tu­ally.

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