Local boatie to keeler’s rescue
A beached white keeler has been saved from the scrapyard after the owner’s friend came forward to help take care of the vessel.
The unidentified boat ran aground after breaking away from the Onepoto boat sheds in Porirua’s Titahi Bay during last week’s storm.
Harbourmaster Grant Nalder said the boat was considered a wreck and had become a hazard for other seafarers to navigate.
If the owner wasn’t found and the boat claimed before August 21, the boat would be removed by authorities and scrapped, he said.
But Nalder said there has been a happier ending to the story.
‘‘While the owner is overseas and apparently hard to contact, we have found a friend of the owner who is actually going to look after the vessel,’’ he said.
‘‘He found us, either through our Facebook page or through the article on Stuff. He sent me an email on Tuesday to say he can sort it out.’’
Nader said the local boatie, Dan Bishop, is going to move the boat into a boatshed before inspecting its condition.
It is then likely he will put it on a pile mooring or on a mooring in the Porirua Harbour.
‘‘It’s a good result. We’ve now got someone associated with it who is looking after it, and that’s a good outcome,’’ Nalder said.