Yacht breaking up in national park ‘no environmental hazard’

THE owner of a sailboat that wrecked on rocks at a Gold Coast national park three weeks ago is yet to remove the eyesore.

A trio of men had to abandon ship at Burleigh Headland during a ill-fated late afternoon trip from Tweed Heads to the Gold Coast Seaway on December 27.

A yacht has been left on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)
A yacht has been left on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)

They tried to anchor up in the shallow Tallebudgera Creek before they hit a sandbar, damaged its engine and were left at the mercy of the surf, according to Nine News Gold Coast.

The boat was repeatedly smashed onto the rocks before its owner, who reportedly had not insured the boat and had owned it for just six weeks, took his belongings from it and left the area.

A yacht has been abandoned on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)
A yacht has been abandoned on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)

Last week the Bulletin witnessed the boat, which had lost its mast and was breaking into pieces, with a "for sale" sign on its stern.

The boat was graffitied and has continued to break up on the rocks since.

When approached for a statement yesterday, Maritime Safety Queensland said the boat was not of environmental concern and its owner was working to get rid of it.

The department did not answer questions about when the boat will be removed or if its owner will face any penalties.

A yacht has been abandoned on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)
A yacht has been abandoned on the rocks at Burleigh Headland. (Photo/Steve Holland)

"The owner is always responsible for the removal or maintenance their vessel," the statement read.

"We are working with the owner of a small sailboat which ran aground at Tallebudgera Ck late last month to ensure they meet their responsibilities.

"The vessel is being closely monitored by our marine officers and poses no imminent hazard to navigation or the environment."



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