Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Sinking Feeling on Yacht

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Sinking Feeling on Yacht

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Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au

A 12-METRE yacht that has spent the past few months on the bottom of the Richmond River was salvaged yesterday.

The yacht, owned by a local man, was believed to have been hand-built in France in 1935.

It is not known exactly how, or when, the vessel sank.

But it is understood the yacht a which had to be floated once bef-ore and also had to be saved from a fire a was in a poor condition and had been left to deteriorate.

A NSW Maritime spokesman said that despite repeated official requests to the owner he refused to have the sunken vesselremoved.

"The vessel had become a navigational hazard and there were pollution concerns," the Maritime spokesman said.

"So NSW Maritime has had to have the vessel removed.

"We will now negotiate with the owner about the payment."

It is estimated that the salvage efforts would have cost thousands of dollars.

The yacht sank near the boat ramp beside the Ballina Waterfront Village and Tourist Park. …

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