Moreton Diving vessel in Gatakers Bay off Point Vernon.
Moreton Diving vessel in Gatakers Bay off Point Vernon. Alistair Brightman

Divers to resurface boat sunk off Point Vernon

UPDATE: Divers from Moreton Diving and Marine Contracting will resurface a boat that sunk off Point Vernon. 

Moreton Diving director Joe White said his team had assessed the boat and would recover it on Thursday.    "The vessel's in poor condition," Mr White said.   "We'll get there at midday and resurface it."

The incident is being investigated by Maritime Safety Queensland.

The vessel's owners are insured and have arranged salvage.

The vessel poses no pollution risk and or hazard to navigation.  

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EARLIER:

HERVEY Bay's Kevin Druery was bait fishing at the Gatakers Bay boat ramp at Point Vernon when he noticed a sinking boat off in the distance.

The fisherman called authorities and he said divers were sent to the area near Eli Creek.

Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Commodore John Smith confirmed there had been reports of a boat sinking off Point Vernon and it was in the hands of Maritime Safety Queensland and Water Police.

Mr Druery bait fishes off the boat ramp most mornings and said he had noticed it had been anchored in the area for several weeks.

"I saw a section of the boat sticking out of the water," he said.

Water Police Hervey Bay told the Chronicle they are investigating and will be heading to the area today.

Reports to Water Police indicate a 5m half cabin had been anchored at the location for some days and started sinking overnight Monday.

The boat was anchored about 400-500m offshore in front of Mant Street.

There were divers in the area about 9.30am.



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