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