AN ICONIC Clarence Valley trawler has been re-floated after it was reported to be taking on water at its Yamba mooring this morning.
Fire and Rescue and the NSW Port Authority were called to the marina at 9.05am to help rescue the Trader Horn, a 72-foot ex-trawler which is currently in the process of being restored.
Yamba Fire and Rescue NSW captain David Woods said the boat was noticeably sinking when they arrived but the crew was able to re-float it quickly by pumping water from the vessel.
To avoid the possibility of contaminants infiltrating the river system, a bunded area was set up to catch any oil and a containment boom was placed around the boat.
At 11am the owner was working with an electrician to fix the pumps, which may have been the cause of the problem.
It's been an unfortunate year for the Trader Horn.
While undergoing repairs in the boat harbour in June last year it was struck by an incoming trawler, causing minor damage and injuries to the skipper of one of the boats.