The stricken trawler, Toni Kylie, has disappeared from sight.
The stricken trawler, Toni Kylie, has disappeared from sight.

Trawler swallowed by sand

THE sea has claimed the trawler wrecked at Duranbah Beach last week.

Any sign of the Toni Kylie that struck trouble as it was leaving the Tweed River on January 30 has been buried.

About 5pm the 17m timber trawler lost power and drifted into breakwater on the outside of the northern rock wall before sinking.

The wreck was battered by the swell which made quick work of breaking up the boat and the rest was swallowed by the sand.

Point Danger Marine Rescue commander Bernie Gabriel said any salvage attempt was almost impossible.

"There is an engine down there somewhere and it depends on how much of the hull is attached to it as to whether it's sunk into the sand," Mr Gabriel said.

Mr Gabriel said many wrecks were scattered around the bar after being swallowed by the sand.

Duranbah surfers wanted the Toni Kylie salvaged because it sank in a rip area boardriders used as a paddle out to get behind the break.

Surfer Steve Archdeacon said any underwater obstruction in the area poses a serious public safety risk with hundred of surfers using the paddle out area every day.


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