BROKEN SAILS: Abe Sweaney is hoping to see better days after his dad’s catamaran was smashed to pieces and washed up at Tanby Point on Wednesday.
BROKEN SAILS: Abe Sweaney is hoping to see better days after his dad’s catamaran was smashed to pieces and washed up at Tanby Point on Wednesday. Chris Ison Rokcsalvage

Heartbreak as beloved catamaran is torn apart

WHEN Abe Sweaney saw his dad's catamaran in pieces, his heart started to break.

Just after midnight on Tuesday, the catamaran disappeared into the ocean after it broke its mooring at Emu Park.

It washed up on the beach the next day.

Abe, 43, said he went looking for the catamaran on Tuesday night.

"We discovered it was missing," he said.

"So dad and I went out in our boat and looked for it but it started to get dangerous so we headed back.

"The next morning we received a call that it was at Tanby Point.

"We saw it on the rocks and it had a bit of damage that could have been repaired, but once we got it in the water, the surf grabbed hold of it and ripped it to pieces."

Abe, raised on Wedge Island off Emu Park, said he and his dad came back to the island to spend some quality time together.

"I'm from Young (NSW) and dad is from Tin Can Bay but we came to visit the island and do some fishing," he said.

"But so far it hasn't worked out that way. I've spent all day (yesterday) pulling up what could be salvaged, it's just heartbreaking.

"It's his pride and joy, his whole life. It's named after his first granddaughter and it's taken hundreds of people sailing in Tin Can Bay because dad always takes people sailing when he goes.

"This catamaran was priceless."



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