Police boat worth $7 million cruises in for a visit
IT WAS almost certainly the most expensive and technologically advanced boat berthed in the Urangan Harbour.
For the cost of one 22m Lyle Hoey Police Boat, you could buy about 350 family boats.
The $7 million Hoey, which is based in Yeppoon, was berthed in the harbour on Friday.
It cruised out of the harbour about 1pm, eventually bound for Mooloolaba.
Cruising at a speed of 20 knots, the Hoey is a mobile police station.
Hervey Bay Water Police Acting Sergeant Martin Webb said the Hoey police vessel had all kinds of capabilities.
"Commercial vessels, trawlers and recreational boats, we can intercept them and do a check of them and all their safety equipment," he said.
The Hoey patrols the open water and can deploy a tender vessel to intercept boats.
The boat is equipped with a radio room, cabins, a kitchen and lounge area.
It was named after Senior Constable Lyle Hoey, who was killed while on duty at Mount Molloy at a road block on November 2, 1975.