Fast ac­tion saves boat from grave

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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