Boats cop brunt of dam­ages

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lillingstone

DAM­AGE re­ports around the Whit­sun­day re­gion are now com­ing in as the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie be­gins to be as­sessed.

Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­ness re­ports, there has been car­nage across Whit­sun­day wa­ters.

One res­i­dent re­ported the Hamil­ton Is­land ma­rina had been se­verely dam­aged.

An is­land spokesper­son con­firmed that the “is­land had sus­tained dam­age”.

There has been se­vere de­struc­tion at the Port of Air­lie with at least two boats re­ported to have sunk.

Po­ten­tially six to seven yachts have dis-masted and around 20% of docks have been turned up­side down.

The char­ter sail­ing ves­sel Lady Enid has re­port­edly bro­ken away from her dock.

“There are boats every­where,” one lo­cal boat owner said.

Boats have washed up on beaches across Can­non­vale and Air­lie Beach, with docks be­ing com­pletely ripped off.

The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s pon­toon at the Port of Air­lie is barely hang­ing on.

At Shute Har­bour, there are re­ports of build­ings down at the old ferry ter­mi­nal.


CRUSHED: Boats at Hamil­ton Is­land dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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