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Sucken boat raised

12 August 2011

Sunken vessel Garden islands

A sunken boat that was suspected of leaking oil into the Port River has been raised to prevent further pollution entering the waterway.

 The 65-foot timber vessel had sunk in Angas Inlet near Garden Island and was observed leaking oil by staff from the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) during a helicopter flyover of the area following reports of an oil spill.
 
Once spotted, DTEI oil spill response officers deployed a boom on the water above the sunken vessel to contain and capture the leaking oil.
 
The sunken boat was refloated by the owner in early August with drums on the high tide and dragged to shallow water by a large industrial tow truck where water was pumped from the vessel.
 
It is understood the owner intends to place the boat in a dry dock once the vessel is able to be towed.