Dave Jones' Christmas in the river

A BUNDABERG fisherman by the unlikely name of Dave Jones had a nasty shock on Monday night, after his vessel started sinking in the Burnett River.

Mr Jones had moored his 15m fibreglass boat underneath the Burnett Traffic Bridge about 6pm on Monday, and strolled into town to go shopping.

But on his return, just 30 minutes later, his boat had started taking on water and was well on its way to the so-called Davey Jones’ Locker.

While Mr Jones was safe on dry land, his possessions – and his Maremma dog Rannendale – were rapidly heading towards the bottom of the river.

All he could do was stand on the side of the river and watch, as his belongings floated away.

“My mobile phone is on the boat, so I guess that’s gone too,” he said.

But luckily, his canine pal was rescued when the boat was hauled up onto the boat ramp on the north side of the river.

“I’m just glad the dog is safe. I lost her sister a while ago,” Mr Jones said.

The bottom of the ramp stopped the runabout from turning into a submarine – but only the prow of the vessel was visible by 7.30pm on Monday, which put an end to his holiday plans.

“I was going to go fishing up the creek for a couple of weeks over Christmas,” Mr Jones said.

“I don’t know if I’ll make it now.”

He said he was not sure why the $800 boat had sprung a leak, but admitted it may have been because of a loose plug.

“I’ve only had the boat for eight months, and it’s the second time it’s started taking on water,” he said.

“I’m not sure I put the plug in properly.”

Bundaberg Police took a statement from Mr Jones at the scene but it is not believed there were any suspicious circumstances.

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