Fast action saves boat from grave
A 62-FOOT luxurious catamaran Synergy was seen sinking at the Port Douglas Marina last Sunday night.
Queensland Fire and Rescue auxiliary captain Louie Leone was paged at 9.25pm to assist with pumping the water out of the sinking vessel.
“The water was coming from the starboard (right-hand-side) of the boat and appeared to be entering in the toilet area,” he said.
“We assisted by attempting to use the fire truck pump however it was too big for it so the Coast Guard, who also responded, provided a smaller pump which we were able to use to remove the water.
“It is hard to say how much water was in it but you could see that the rear steps that allow people to enter the water were underneath water level and the weight of the water was bringing the boat down.”
Queensland Fire and Rescue, the Coast Guard and Skipper Garry Hunt worked for more than an hour pumping the water out of the vessel.
According to Mr Leone the actions of the locals who saw the vessel sinking saved the boat.
“A big thanks should go to people who witnessed the boat sinking who reported it to the Coast Guard for their quick thinking,” he said.