Yacht falls foul of sandbar
THE sea was angry that day, my friends.
As strong winds and a changing tide chopped up the normally placid conditions of Hervey Bay, a new yacht owner spent almost two hours considering the dangers of boat ownership while stuck off the Urangan Pier.
The yacht, Stardancer II, ran aground on the sand bar at about 1.45pm on Tuesday.
A Hervey Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel struggled to free the stricken yacht, as the choppy conditions in the bay made the rescue attempt difficult.
As a crowd of people watched from the pier and the shore, the first attempt to free the yacht came to an abrupt end as the towing rope came free.
At the point of high tide, just after 3pm, the VMR vessel finally succeeded in freeing the yacht, before towing it back to the marina.
A witness to the incident said it looked like the keel of the yacht was wedged deep into the sand.
Stardancer II is a luxury Beneteau-built sailing boat, which was previously used as a charter boat in Cairns.
It used to take tourists on sailing holidays of the Great Barrier Reef, but was sold recently, said the previous operator of the tours.
He said Stardancer II was sailing from North Queensland to Port Macquarie, when it ran into trouble in Hervey Bay.
The new owner of the yacht is believed to be from Newcastle in New South Wales.