The mys­tery of the aban­doned boat

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A MORN­ING walk along Seven Mile Beach on Thurs­day led to Lennox Head woman Su­san John­son and her dog be­com­ing de­tec­tives with a per­fect record in solv­ing cases.

They solved a mys­tery by find­ing a small ves­sel on the beach which had re­port­edly fallen off a yacht cross­ing the Bal­lina bar the night be­fore.

The po­lice had been called in when the yacht’s ten­der was orig­i­nally sighted in the Rich­mond River, but it then van­ished in the dark­ness of the night.

Ms John­son found the ten­der at the north­ern end of Seven Mile Beach, and she had guessed by the lack of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the at­tached ropes and chain that it had not been in the wa­ter for long.

She said she usu­ally finds “lots of bits and pieces” on her reg­u­lar walk.

“I usu­ally take a bag and pick up rub­bish, but I wasn’t go­ing to pick up the boat,” she said.

She sent the photo of the yacht’s ten­der to The North­ern Star’s sis­ter pa­per Bal­lina Shire Ad­vo­cate, won­der­ing “what the story is?”.

A quick phone call to the vol­un­teers at Marine Res­cue Bal­lina led to a re­quest for Ms John­son to re­port her find to Bal­lina po­lice, to end the mys­tery of where the ten­der ended up.

Photo: Contributed

MAR­ITIME MYS­TERY: Su­san John­son, of Lennox Head, spot­ted this tinny that had washed ashore on Seven Mile Beach on Thurs­day morn­ing.

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