Ill-fated trawler being given away
The daughter of the ill-fated prawn trawler Returner’s skipper Murray Turner is trying to give away her father’s vessel.
An advertisement appeared on Gumtree from Megan Turner looking for someone to take the 14m vessel off her hands last week.
It claims the family is in “no position” to dispose of the vessel themselves and there was a “very restricted” time frame to get rid of it.
The advertisement says the damaged boat could be used for scrap metal and that five fishing licences were for sale.
Because of contaminants such as oils, foam and lead paint on the vessel it is believed any money made from scrapping the trawler would barely cover the cost of transporting it to a salvage yard.
The family are seeking interested parties or anyone who can assist with other ideas on how to dispose of the vessel.
Other ideas include returning it to Carnarvon for use as a memorial or sinking it and turning it into an artificial reef somewhere off the WA coast.
The prawn trawler sank last July. Three lives were lost, in- cluding that of Mr Turner.
The incident sparked an extensive search and rescue operation around Nickol Bay and nearly $190,000 was donated for recovery efforts.
Mr Turner’s body was found onboard but those of crew members Chad Fairley and Mason Carter are still missing.
A WA Police spokeswoman said the investigation into how the trawler sank was ongoing, with the Australian Marine Safety Authority and Department of Transport finalising their reports.
The trawler is now on dry land in a yard on the Burrup Peninsula.