The well-marked porpoise wall (foreground) at Ballina.
The well-marked porpoise wall (foreground) at Ballina. David Nielsen

Luxury cruiser falls foul of wall

THE need to keep an eye on others out on the water was evident this week as a luxury cruiser hit the porpoise wall at Ballina after attempting to dodge a ski boat.

Ballina Coastguard Commander Norm Lannoy said the wall was clearly marked and the skipper of the $85,000 cruiser knew it was there.

“He took evasive action to avoid a ski boat, went across the wall and wiped off his propeller,” he said.

Mr Lannoy said the Coastguard worked closely with the Ballina Jetboat Rescue crew to perform the rescue.

He and Ballina Jetboat Rescue captain Garry Meredith, said local boaters and even visitors were well aware of the partially submerged wall.

“This is the second incident in 10 years. The wall is not a real drama, it’s marked with leads and is on the charts,” Mr Lannoy said.

“It’s a bit hard to come unstuck at the porpoise wall, and even at high tide you can see a black outline and markers,” Mr Meredith said.

“Even visitors have got information on the maps about it, and they just follow the leads.

“I can’t understand how he got over there, myself.”



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