VIDEO: Boat sinks at Ballina trawler harbour
Update 1.55pm: ROADS and Maritime Services are currently evaluating how to remove a sunken trawler from the Ballina boat harbour.
Senior boating officer for Far North Coast RMS, Wayne Langshaw, said the 13m trawler sank at its berth late yesterday.
"We attended and assessed the situation, particularly in regards to protection of the environment," he said.
"Booms were installed to prevent any pollution from entering the waters.
"At the moment we're making assessments on different methods to raise it from the water."
One of the options being considered is using a crane.
Mr Langshaw also said they were identifying why the trawler sunk.
"We can't allow it to remain in the water," he said.
"At this stage we are unaware of how or why it sunk ... it looks like it will be a tricky operation (to remove it)."
Original story: A FISHING trawler has sunk in West Ballina and fire-fighters are on scene to contain diesel fuel from polluting the Richmond River.
A spokesman for NSW Fire & Rescue said the Hazmat van from Lismore has been despatched to the incident with absorbent booms.
"A fishing trawler has sunk at Ballina Harbour and we have been asked to assist by sending the Hazmat crew to help contain fuel from the boat's diesel engine," he said.
"The crew will use the booms in the vehicle to contain the fuel.".