WATERY GRAVE: Karen and Natasha Lange were heartbroken when they found out the boat their dad built, Kumba, had sunk in the Boyne River.
WATERY GRAVE: Karen and Natasha Lange were heartbroken when they found out the boat their dad built, Kumba, had sunk in the Boyne River. Paul Braven GLABOAT

PHOTOS | Gladstone family heartbroken after Kumba sinks

FOR years the Lange family has seen Kumba in the Boyne River and felt proud, but that turned to sadness yesterday.

The 40ft boat sunk in the Boyne River, leaving the family with just old photos as memories.

More than 20 years ago Karen Lange's late father Tony Hill built the boat.

It was a family project - even the children got involved.

But yesterday, Mrs Lange felt very different about the boat as she watched on with her daughter Natasha as the boat reached its watery grave.

"We've seen the whole process and watched on as it was built and to see it like that, it's heartbreaking," Mrs Lange said.

"It was looking very sad, the railings were rusted and broken and the floorboards were in very bad condition.

"You could have easily spent up to $60,000 on it."

Mr Hill built the boat was built in Theodore, where locals nicknamed it 'Noah's Arc'.

"Dad did build a couple of boats but this really was his pride and joy," Mrs Lange

It has had three different owners, the most recent bought it mid last year.

Moored in the Boyne River for more than five years, Mrs Lange said she saw Kumba slowly deteriorate in the last 12 months.

They considered buying it; but the maintenance costs were too high.

"They didn't appreciate Kumba like dad did.

"The love just wasn't there anymore," Mrs Lange said.

Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone received a call from a resident in the early afternoon about the sinking boat.

VMR Gladstone controller Trevor Davies said it was now the owner's responsibility to get it out of the water.

He will need to also lodge a marine incident with Marine Safety Queensland.

"It can happen quite easily if there's a lot of corrosion on the boat or if not all the valves are turned off."

"Boat owners need to slip the vessel frequently to check corrosion."



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