29 wrecked ships

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLEAN-UP: David Edge and his sal­vage team have been busy since Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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