Inside evac­u­a­tion hub

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CY­CLONE Deb­bie was not Ruth Muller’s first cy­clone, but it was her worst as she has been left home­less af­ter her boat tore away from its mooring at Shute Har­bour and crashed into the rocks.

“I got off my boat on Sun­day. My boat was still there Mon­day af­ter­noon. I could see it from the top of Shute Har­bour. Then on Tues­day it was gone. It pulled off its mooring and ended up on the rocks near the houses on the point of Shute Har­bour with two other boats,” she said.

Ms Muller lives alone on her 36ft steel bo­den, Sa­fari 5, which has been her home for the past six years and she says she now doesn’t know what she’s go­ing to do.

Lo­cal boat own­ers even thought Ms Muller might have died in the cy­clone as they saw her dinghy on the back of the boat and as­sumed she might have stayed aboard dur­ing the cy­clone.

“When I was look­ing yes­ter­day, I saw a man out there with a boat and they were all so con­cerned be­cause they thought I was un­der­neath the boat,” she said.

“When one man saw me stand­ing on the side of the road he stopped his car and ran over to me and said ‘we’re so pleased we thought you might have drowned’.”

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