Lo­cal boatie to keeler’s res­cue

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL

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.

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