Lost home but no loss of sup­port

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WHEN Cy­clone Deb­bie struck the Whit­sun­days on March 28, Bruce Bridges didn’t just lose his boat, he lost his home.

Mr Bridges’ 40 foot ketch, which dou­bles as his home, was moored at Shute Har­bour when the cat­e­gory 4 sys­tem struck.

Seek­ing refuge at a friend’s house dur­ing the cy­clone, Mr Bridges said he knew his boat was gone.

“I went (to Shute Har­bour) the day af­ter (the cy­clone) and I couldn’t find (my boat),” he said.

“I went out the next day and we stopped in the car park near the wharf and I looked and I recog­nised my rig and I said ‘that’s my mast stick­ing up from un­der­neath the wharf’.”

Sadly his boat was sub­merged un­der the jetty.

Af­ter hear­ing Mr Bridges’ story, venue man­ager at Paddy’s Shenani­gan’s and long-time friend, Tim Lang­ford, de­cided he wanted to lend a hand.

Over the course of a month, Mr Lang­ford raised $2000 for Mr Bridges’ cause.

“Ev­ery­one (at Paddy’s Shenani­gan’s) did their bit to help,” he said.

Mr Lang­ford said Dan Zealand from Lion Beer Co do­nated a keg of beer and all sales from the keg were do­nated to Mr Bridges.

“I couldn’t thank the guys enough,” he said.

“You don’t ex­pect this sort of thing to hap­pen.”

KIND: Paddy’s Shenani­gans venue man­ager, Tim Lang­ford and Bruce Bridges.

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