Stranded in the wave haven of Cronulla on Sydney's Southside. Photos: Ben Horvath


STRANDED! UPDATE ON THE CRONULLA POINT TRAWLER DRAMA FROM A SURFER'S PERSPECTIVE
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sydney's Southside: The Fishing trawler stuck on the reef at "Cabbage Patch" 50 metres or so SE of Cronulla Point is called "Challenge" and that really is an appropriate description of how difficult the salvage operation has proved so far at The Nulla.

Two barges tried to float the 100-tonne ship on the dawn high tide this morning, but failed. Official word now is salvage crews may try again on this arvo's high tide, but more likely Thursday morning's bigger high.

The crew from the two barges began manoeuvring the 24-metre fishing vessel at 4am this morning but got nowhere, the tide just wasn't high enough.

The hull still looks to be intact, but the trawler is still fully wedged on the rocks.

Local surfers are really worried about the potential environmental impact. There are 6000 litres of diesel still on board.

The boat is right on the reef at "The Patch."
No one wants fuel washed up on The Point, South Cronulla or further up the beaches.

We are expecting the swell to build into the 3 to possibly 4 foot range from the ENE tomorrow and maybe bigger into Friday and Sat.

When the swell gets over 4ft from the E The Patch turns into a nasty, draining suck up that will no doubt smash the boats hull to pieces.

The following photos show how close the trawler is to Cronulla's iconic surf spots like The Point, The Island and The Beaches.

- Words and Photos By Ben Horvath.




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