Dog's sinking feeling
BOSUN the ship's dog is normally happy living on a boat, but yesterday he was sticking to dry land after his home sank.
Midtown Marinas manager Jan Douglas said the yacht, named Local Council, sank in water up to its deck some time during Monday night, and its predicament was noticed by other yachties at the marina early yesterday morning.
She said it was lucky the boat sank during low tide while the water was out.
The owner of the boat, a truck driver, was on his way to Cairns at the time, but was yesterday making his way back to Bundaberg.
"We got the fire brigade down and hired another pump and pumped the water out," she said.
Other people who lived at the marina also pitched in to help.
She said she was not sure why the boat sank, but it was under investigation.
It took about an hour-and-a-half to refloat the boat.
Ms Douglas said items such as electronics on board the vessel would be ruined.
"The good thing is there was no loss of fuel into the river because there was none on board," she said.
Ms Douglas said the owner of the boat, Rod Fraser, was still getting it into shape after the floods of last summer.
"It suffered some damage in the floods and he was given some money to get it fixed, and now this," she said.
"You just feel sorry for people who are battling."
Ms Douglas said the boat was not insured.
Marian White, who lives on the boat next to Local Council, said she was woken by people talking at the marina yesterday morning.
"I slept through the whole thing," she said.
"I got up to see what the excitement was about and saw the boat was under water."