Seahorse stranded in the pool
TOMORROW morning, if all goes to plan today, Port Hinchinbrook resident Lindsay Hallam won’t be looking at a $ 250,000 yacht sitting in his swimming pool while he has his breakfast.
The plan is that the 14m yacht Seahorse that was blown out of the marina and into the pool by Cyclone Yasi will be lifted out of the pool and taken to a place where damage to it can be assessed.
The Seahorse and another boat that is lying half-submerged in the marina will be the last of 70 vessels either sunk or flung ashore by Yasi to be salvaged from the marina and its surrounding avenues of million dollar-plus homes.
Mr Hallam said yesterday that he ‘‘ couldn’t wait’’ to have the yacht removed from his pool.
‘‘ We can’t wait. You go to bed at night and you look out and it’s there. You wake up in the morning and it’s there,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s lying across the pool and the bow is jammed up under our front patio.
‘‘ When we have breakfast it feels like you can reach out and touch it.
‘‘ It’s one of those things. You just have to grin and bear it.’’
The Townsville Bulletin understands that salvors, using a large barge-mounted crane, will retrieve both vessels on the high tide at 9am this morning.
It is understood the salvors intend using slings to lift the 14m yacht out of the pool.
The yacht is owned by Port Hinchinbrook resident David Hutchen.
WASHED UP: The yacht
that ended up in a pool will be retrieved tomorrow