A small boat sank in shallow water near Cooee Bay, Yeppoon.
A small boat sank in shallow water near Cooee Bay, Yeppoon. Jeff Grasby

Fishing trip founders

TWO people fishing north of Cooee Bay, Yeppoon, had to wade back to shore after their boat began sinking in shallow water on Sunday.

Yeppoon Coast Guard deputy commander Jim Goodsell said the pair had reported the back of the boat had come out. They were able to retrieve their belongings, the motor and the fuel tank while the vessel slowly took on water.

It is unknown how the back end of the vessel came off. Mr Goodsell said the two people were able to wade in shallow water, near Wave Point.

They were fishing when they got into difficulty and Mr Goodsell said the Coast Guard and Yeppoon police had received numerous reports after people saw the empty vessel floating in the water.

He said it was up to the owners of the small yellow and white motorboat to retrieve it but it was still there yesterday.



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