The sunken prawn trawler at Evans Head.
The sunken prawn trawler at Evans Head.

Trawler sinks at home in harbour

RESIDENTS of Evans Head got a surprise Wednesday morning when they awoke to find a fishing trawler partially submerged in the local harbour.

At 9am yesterday, NSW Fire and Rescue were called to Evans Head harbour where a 12m trawler was sinking.

Heavy rain was falling and it was unclear whether the boat started sinking overnight or early yesterday morning.

A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said the HAZMAT crew from Goonellabah was called to contain leaking fuel.

"Someone called the station directly to report the boat sinking and that it was leaking fuel into the harbour," he said.

"There was about 1000 litres of fuel on board.

"The HAZMAT arrived and set up around the boat to try to contain the fuel but they couldn't get it all because some of it had spilled earlier."

Fire crews were waiting for a crane to arrive yesterday afternoon so the boat could be lifted out of the water.

"Firefighters would re-attend as there would probably be more leaking fluids to be cleaned up," the NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

There were unconfirmed reports that the owner of the trawler was a local Evans Head man.

It is unsure at this stage why the sturdy trawler sank but one local told The Northern Star that the boat had been sitting there for almost a year, unused.

NSW Fisheries also attended.


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