Fran­tic found but be­yond re­pair

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE miss­ing yacht Fran­tic has been found but it won’t be re­turn­ing to the wa­ter.

Edge Ma­rine Sal­vage owner David Edge said the yacht had been re­turned to shore on Fri­day after be­ing dis­cov­ered by a diver off Olden Is­land.

“He was just div­ing or snorkelling off Olden Is­land and at low tide he saw the tip of the mast stick­ing out,” Mr Edge said.

The Sayer 40 went miss­ing after run­ning aground on Grassy Is­land on Au­gust 18 but had dis­ap­peared when sal­vage crews re­turned the next day.

Mr Edge said the yacht was com­pletely sub­merged and 15 in­flat­able sal­vage bags were used to re-float it.

“It took about half a day to get it up and then we patched the holes be­cause it had holes all through it from hit­ting the rocks,” he said.

“Then we pumped all the wa­ter out and it was ac­tu­ally float­ing so we towed it back.”

De­spite be­ing afloat Fran­tic has been writ­ten off by the in­surer and the hull is likely to be used for scrap.

“It looks like a crum­pled tin can,” Mr Edge said, adding it was “like some­one’s hit it with a sledge ham­mer all over.”

PHOTO: DON­ALD IN­MAN

COM­ING HOME: The yacht Fran­tic is towed back to shore by Edge Ma­rine Sal­vage on Fri­day.

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