Help at hand to float sunken boat

SUNK: The 62-foot Torres Herald sunk in the Calliope River where it was anchored at the weekend.
SUNK: The 62-foot Torres Herald sunk in the Calliope River where it was anchored at the weekend. Contributed

A GOOD Samaritan has put his hand up to help recover and restore the 62ft (18.6m) yacht that sunk in the Calliope River at the weekend.

The man, who asked his name not be revealed, contacted The Observer after a story yesterday detailed owner Kelly Galloway's determined plan to restore the 85-year-old yacht to its former glory.

A Gladstone man with a passion for classic yachts, he has undertaken to help Ms Galloway make contacts and arrange equipment she will need to undertake the restoration efforts.

He was confident that others would come forward with a crane and other machinery to retrieve the classic yacht.

Ms Galloway said she nearly cried when she received news a Gladstone resident had come forward.

"I was nearly crying because I've never asked for help like this before," she said.

Ms Galloway and her husband Jesse had bought the yacht a month ago without ever having set foot on it.

The couple will travel to Gladstone within the next week to devise a plan for the yacht's recovery.

Topics:  calliope river heritage sailing yacht

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