SINKING FEELING: Listing severely, this catamaran- style houseboat was to be refloated late yesterday
SINKING FEELING: Listing severely, this catamaran- style houseboat was to be refloated late yesterday

What the hull happened?

By EMMA CORNFORD

A FEW sharp rocks were the cause of one houseboat owner's misfortune in Yamba Bay on Monday morning.

Tens of motorists spotted the boat in Yamba, which was listing for two days before it could be salvaged. A NSW Maritime spokesperson said the incident occurred about 10.30am Monday.

"The owner was sailing from Iluka to Yamba when he hit a breakwater...(and) the houseboat was a catamaran style so it's been hit on the starboard side and the pontoon started taking on water," the spokesperson said.

"The owner was not hurt at all when it happened."

After hitting the breakwater, the owner moored the vessel and planned to pump out the pontoon and refloat the boat late yesterday.

"He was in the process of doing that (yesterday afternoon).

"NSW Maritime are monitoring its progress but we don't hold any concerns (because) it was not posing any navigation threat and there was no fuel spilt."

Staff at Yamba Boatharbour Marina said they did not know who owned the houseboat but they had numerous calls from people telling them about the vessel.



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