A pontoon at Burnett Heads Marina slowly sinks after its breathing pipe broke.
A pontoon at Burnett Heads Marina slowly sinks after its breathing pipe broke. Max Fleet

Pontoon does a Titanic impression

THE Burnett Heads Marina got that sinking feeling yesterday when a 40ft pontoon disappeared underwater.

Marina employee Tony Thackray said the platform's breathing pipe broke, allowing water to fill the pontoon and pushing it to the bottom of the ocean.

“The pipe was rusted and it broke,” Mr Thackray said.

He said the pontoon was holding two cruisers, but they were moved before any damage could be done.

“We first noticed it was looking a bit strange (Wednesday) night so we put the vessels on another pontoon,” he said.

Mr Thackray said he had worked at the marina for about six years and had never seen a pontoon sink.

“It's a bit of an unusual one,” he said.

“Certainly not something you see every day.”

The marina employee said staff were forced to wait until low tide about 3pm yesterday before they could investigate the pontoon.

“It's quite shallow there at low tide, only about a foot and a half of water,” he said.

The pontoon was returned to the surface after a crew welded a patch over the hole causing the problem.

“We put a new breather pipe in,” Mr Thackray said.

“We couldn't start repairs until the tide was out so we have been pumping the water out and it's all back to normal.

“Everything is all under control.”

Mr Thackray said while he was sure the other pontoons would be in good condition, they would be double-checked to make sure no other breathing pipes were rusting.

“We'll take a look just to make sure everything is fine with the others,” he said.



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