RUNAWAY BOAT: Ballina yachtie Craig Ritchie and his daughter Sam (inset) saved this vessel, which had slipped its moorings, from hitting other moored vessels in Emigrant Creek, Ballina, last Friday morning.
RUNAWAY BOAT: Ballina yachtie Craig Ritchie and his daughter Sam (inset) saved this vessel, which had slipped its moorings, from hitting other moored vessels in Emigrant Creek, Ballina, last Friday morning. Klaus Kerzinger

Runaway boat nabbed in the nick of time

SOME quick work by a Ballina yachtie saved a potentially serious situation in Emigrant Creek, Ballina, last week.

Craig Ritchie was on board his cat Talisman when he spotted an unmanned 15m sail boat drifting downstream in the creek at the back of the Smith Dr industrial estate.

The sail boat had slipped its mooring about 10.30am and drifted approximately 500m downstream past moored vessels.

Mr Ritchie gave chase in his small inflatable vessel, with his daughter Sam on board, and caught up with the runaway sail boat.

Another two small dinghies arrived to help push the sail boat to a mooring, guiding it away from other vessels.

Ballina's Klaus Kerzinger witnessed the incident while kayaking in the creek.

"Craig and his daughter should be praised for their quick thinking, which averted a potentially serious situation had this boat struck other moored vessels," he said.

It's not known if the king tides experienced in Ballina last Thursday and Friday led to the sail boat slipping its mooring.



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