Tugboat’s ‘Great’ escape from Gladstone to Great Keppel

STRANDED: Westerly winds blew this tug up on a Fisherman’s Beach on Great Keppel Island on Tuesday night.
STRANDED: Westerly winds blew this tug up on a Fisherman’s Beach on Great Keppel Island on Tuesday night. Robert Zerner

ROBERT Zerner met with a strange sight upon waking yesterday morning when he spotted the tugboat Lismore washed ashore at Fisherman's Beach on Great Keppel Island.

"I found it parked pretty close to my boat,'' Mr Zerner said.

"I think the strong westerly winds took hold of it and blew it onto shore."

Mr Zerner didn't know who owned the boat but there weren't any footprints or signs that anyone had been near the tugboat.

Had there been a king tide, Mr Zerner said operation "rescue tugboat" would've been much more difficult.

"Lucky that there wasn't a king tide otherwise the thing could've washed up higher up the beach which would've made salvaging it pretty hard," he said.

The tug, which may be connected to the Gladstone area, was re-floated at high tide yesterday afternoon.

Topics:  fisherman's beach, great keppel island, lismore, tugboat

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