PHOTOS: Residents watch as boat sinks in the Boyne river
THE Boyne River, usually an attraction for fishing and boating, had residents peering out at the water for a different reason today.
A boat, Kumba, was spotted sinking at its mooring near MJs this afternoon.
The boat has been in the river for more than five years.
Karen and Natasha Lange were at the river, watching on as the boat that Karen's father built sunk.
""We've seen the whole process and watched on as it was built and to see it like that, it's heartbreaking," Mrs Lange said.
"It was looking very sad, the railings were rusted and broken and the floorboards were in very bad condition.
"You could have easily spent up to $60,000 on it."
Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone received a call from a resident in the early afternoon about the sinking boat.
The owner has been notified and it is now their responsibility to get it out of the water.
VMR Gladstone controller Trevor Davies said it was now the owner's responsibility to get it out of the water.
He will need to also lodge a marine incident with Marine Safety Queensland.
"It can happen quite easily if there's a lot of corrosion on the boat or if not all the valves are turned off." ," Mr Davies said.
"Boat owners need to slip the vessel frequently to check corrosion."