29 wrecked ships
You pay so much for boat registration I think incorporated into that should be some sort of insurance - that way everyone’s covered... — David Edge
as a “crumpled up tin can” and the $2.5million catamaran dragged off Titan Island in the Dent Passage last week.
But with the insurance jobs now coming to an end, the bigger picture is far from complete.
David estimates while he salvaged almost a third of the total number of stranded boats, a further 20 were floated off on high tides and about 10 are “completely missing, just gone without a trace”.
Many of the boats still aground are uninsured and the question of who pays for their removal remains.
David believes it’s now up to the owners to foot the bill, or where that isn’t possible, sign them over to the state.
So as someone who’s seen far too many shipwrecks on the Whitsunday coast in his time, what does he think the solution is? “You pay so much for boat registration I think incorporated into that should be some sort of insurance – that way everyone’s covered who’s registered,” he said.
CLEAN-UP: David Edge and his salvage team have been busy since Cyclone Debbie.