Thieves prey on beached boats

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­

FACE­BOOK users were ap­palled to learn last week that one of the three boats left high and dry on Can­non­vale Beach in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie was looted.

Nathan Waters posted an up­date to the Whit­sun­day Chat Face­book group last week stat­ing he was help­ing a friend to sal­vage a boat stuck in man­groves “only to find the elec­tron­ics had been re­moved”.

Mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity were sym­pa­thetic in re­sponse to the post.

Jodie Ma­ree Ginger replied to the post with: “rot­ten b**tards! I'm sorry for your friends’ sec­ond loss (after) Deb­bie”.

Mar­itime Safety Queens­land has re­ported more than 80 boats had been ei­ther sunk or beached after Cy­clone Deb­bie made land­fall three weeks ago.

On Fri­day a large sal­vage truck at­tempted to reach the ves­sel in the man­groves but it be­came bogged in mud and had to be res­cued by trac­tor.

Chair of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­cov­ery Group Cr Jan Clif­ford said the group had been busy con­sult­ing with State Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in re­la­tion to stranded ves­sels.

“There are sev­eral con­trac­tors in the area that will re­cover ves­sels and In­sur­ance rep­re­sen­ta­tives are look­ing at boats on the fore­shore and Can­non­vale beach,” Cr Clif­ford said.


BEACHED: A boat lies stranded on Can­non­vale Beach.

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