Sea­horse stranded in the pool

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - John An­der­sen

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

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