Fraser Coast man Kevin Scougall is attempting to free his stranded vessel which overturned on Sunday. There were 11 people on board watching the superboats.
Fraser Coast man Kevin Scougall is attempting to free his stranded vessel which overturned on Sunday. There were 11 people on board watching the superboats. Valerie Horton

Owner hopes mattresses saves boat

THE skipper of a houseboat which capsized in Hervey Bay with 11 people on board watching the Superboats has devised an ingenious plan to free his trapped vessel.

Towards the end of Sunday's competition rescuers attended to the stricken boat and pulled its occupants to safety, but were unable to save the overturned ship.

Owner of the 8m aluminium houseboat, Kevin Scougall, spent yesterday attempting to salvage his pride and joy.

"I'm trying to get some blow-up mattresses that I can place inside it and will then hopefully be able to roll it over and tow it into the shallows," Mr Scougall said.

"When the tide goes out we should then be able to pump the water out - hopefully it will float."

The nature of the boat's position means it is unable to be towed. Its roof has buried in the sand and two anchors, dropped when it overturned, mean it was firmly entrenched to the sea's floor.

Hervey Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue commodore Tom Hudson said the houseboat was stranded in fairly shallow water preventing heavy vessels from assisting.



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