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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’.”