Ill-fated trawler be­ing given away

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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