A SUNKEN

Thou­sands of dol­lars to re­cover boat

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Jas­mine Burke Jas­mine.Burke@north­ern­star.com.au

fish­ing trawler in West Bal­lina has left one dev­as­tated res­i­dent with noth­ing “but the shirt on her back”.

A SUNKEN fish­ing trawler in West Bal­lina has left one dev­as­tated res­i­dent with noth­ing “but the shirt on her back”.

On Mon­day night the 13 me­tre pri­vate ves­sel sank, re­quir­ing ef­forts to con­tain the diesel fuel and assessments on how to re­move it from the har­bour.

For the mother who owned it, Lisa Mag­nay, a Go­FundMe page to has been set up by her daugh­ter, Teiga Mur­ray, which has raised more than $1500.

“Not only does Mum need to re­place all of her per­sonal items, cloth­ing, cook­ware and fur­ni­ture, she also faces costs in the tens of thou­sands of dol­lars to re­move the boat from the ma­rina – with no guar­an­tee that once it is out it can be re­paired and be­come her home again,” Ms Mur­ray wrote.

“This boat was Mum’s dream home and she was so happy when it be­came a re­al­ity.

“It was a place where she could fish, grow her own veg­gies in her con­tainer gar­den and have her fam­ily and friends over to en­joy the peace­ful sur­round­ings.”

Ms Mag­nay moved on to the boat earlier this year.

“She’s been the hap­pi­est I’ve ever seen her since liv­ing on the boat. It’s some­thing she’s al­ways dreamed of and she took out a loan to get the ex­tra to do it,” Ms Mur­ray said.

“She loved liv­ing on the water and will miss it dearly.”

The mother of four told her daugh­ter she wishes she hasn’t lost ev­ery­thing the kids had made, and other per­sonal be­long­ings like pho­tos.

It’s ex­pected a crane will be needed to lift the boat, and hopes are it hasn’t been dam­aged enough that it will no longer float.

This boat was Mum’s dream home and she was so happy when it be­came a re­al­ity. — Teiga Mur­ray

PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG

SUNKEN DREAMS: Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices are cur­rently eval­u­at­ing how to re­move a sunken trawler from the Bal­lina boat har­bour.

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