Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Car­ruthers & Sharon Small­wood

HAVE you ever seen flot­sam float­ing in the water and won­dered about where it came from or how it got there?

For vis­i­tors to the YHA at Bun­ga­low Bay, Mag­netic Is­land, there was no such guess­work needed last week.

On Satur­day morn­ing swim­mers re­trieved a dis­tinctly green/blue Na­tional Parks marker from the water with the word “Whit­sun­day” in white let­ter­ing.

An­other sign was found in­di­cat­ing Whit­sun­day Is­land camp­ing spots and toi­lets.

The signs, 300km from home, ar­rived at Florence Bay, Mag­netic Is­land, three and a half months af­ter Cy­clone Debbie tore the Whit­sun­days to pieces.

In the cy­clone’s af­ter­math Mar­itime Safety Queens­land found 78 aids to nav­i­ga­tion ei­ther dam­aged or moved, 94 ves­sels stranded and a host of marine com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture ren­dered in­op­er­a­ble.

By the end of May, 29 aids to nav­i­ga­tion had been re­stored and the own­ers of 56 stranded ves­sels con­tacted.

Cru­cial hy­dro­graphic clear­ance sur­veys have also been un­der­taken at key Whit­sun­day mar­itime lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Port of Airlie, Abell Point Ma­rina, Shute Har­bour, Hamil­ton Is­land, Hay­man Is­land and Day­dream Is­land, to en­sure their nav­i­ga­tion chan­nels are safe.


FLOT­SAM: A Whit­sun­day sign found a long way from home.

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