FAMILY STRANDED BY BOAT THEFT
A PORT Douglas couple has been forced to lay off staff after the brazen theft of a fishing boat.
Commercial fishing family Jodi and Bret Deuble had a specialist trout dory stolen from the marina on Tuesday morning, leaving their business reeling on the eve of Christmas.
Ms Deuble said the missing boat, 50 horsepower Yamaha outboard and trailer, worth between $30,000-$40,000, has put them under serious financial strain.
“The most distressing thing is we’ve had to put a crew member off because there is no dory for him,” she said.
“Having to do that to a long term crew member is just shattering. It’s meant to be Christmas but people just don’t care do they? We are not happy about it.”
The dory is one of two that accompanies the FV Condamine out to sea. The boat’s wild caught fish fillets are hugely popular with Port Douglas residents and tourists who buy fresh off the public jetty.
The team returned to the water yesterday to top up their catch ahead of a busy preChristmas sale on Saturday.
Ms Deuble said it was ‘vital’ they recovered the dory, which is used to fish areas of the Great Barrier Reef the main vessel can’t reach.
“It’s a pretty unique dory. It was a former crayfish boat that has been converted to fish trout, so there are identifiable features,” she said.
“It’s not the first time things have gone missing down there, that’s for sure.
“We’ve had fuel stolen, but nothing as brazen as hooking up a dory and taking off.”
If anyone has seen a 5m boat, white in colour, with GQU-2 written on the side, or a powder blue trailer with registration number EM2074, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“Any bit of information would be very helpful,” Ms Deuble said.
Claire and Jodi Deuble are very disappointed someone stole their dory so close to Christmas.