Sea­horse sal­vage from swim­ming pool a suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - John An­der­sen

FOUR weeks af­ter Cy­clone Yasi, Lind­say and Jen­nifer Hal­lam’s very own house boat, or should that be pool boat, was lifted out of their Port Hinch­in­brook f r ont yard and taken away for a dam­age eval­u­a­tion.

T h e $ 2 5 0 , 0 0 , 1 6 t o n n e p l e a s u r e b o a t S e a h o r s e , o wn e d b y t h e Ha l l a m’ s neigh­bour David Hutchen, was washed into their pool com­plete with its moor­ing pon­toon dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary 2-3 cy­clone.

Fri­day’s re­moval of the ves­sel was a mile­stone in that it was the sec­ond last of more than 70 boats which have been re­moved from the ma­rina and its im­me­di­ate sur­rounds.

T h e r e m o v a l o f t h e Sea­horse, a del­i­cate op­er­a­tion by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, went with­out mishap.

A skilled sal­vage crew work­ing with staff from Uni­ver­sal Cranes out of Townsville, first had to ease the bow of the Sea­horse out from un­der the over­hang­ing eaves of the roof of the house be­fore they could be­gin to lift and carry i t back­wards over wa­ter.

Hopes of re­float­ing the ves­sel were dashed when it be­gan tak­ing wa­ter im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing low­ered down into the ma­rina.

The de­ci­sion was t hen made to trans­port the boat to t h e N o r s h i p M a r i n e boat­yard at Port Hinch­in­brook.

‘‘ When we dis­cov­ered it was leak­ing we put water­proof bog in it so that we could t ake i t around t o Nor­ship and put it up on land,’’ Frank Perry from Uni­ver­sal Cranes said.

Mr Hal­lam said it was a re­lief to have the boat out of his pool.

‘‘ You’d come home from work af­ter a big day and the thing would still be in the front yard,’’ Mr Hal­lam said.

‘‘ All I can say is ‘ full com­pli­ments’ t o t he sal­vage crews.’’

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