Yacht in car park

Beached! Fuel leak yacht dumped in car park by ORC

** Updated - see the post from the Otago Regional Council below

A wrecked yacht that was leaking fuel into Lake Wakatipu was salvaged by the Otago Regional Council this morning - but left apparently dumped in a nearby car park.

Two men at the scene told Crux that the salvage job would have cost the ORC up to $3,000 and that the owner was escaping liability because he claims to have given the boat to a friend after buying it for only $250.

Yacht stern

The wrecked boat this morning - apparently dumped in a car park next to the Frankton Road.

The ORC told Crux earlier this week that they might consider recovering the salvage costs from the owner, but it looks as though that might be extremely difficult given the owners reluctance to come forward.

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Fuel leaking from the wrecked yacht when it was in the lake near Frankton

It's unclear what happens next and whether what was an environmental hazard in the water is now just an environmental hazard in a car park. As such, it could have become the QLDC's problem rather than the ORC's.

The condition of the boat is so poor that it seems that it will have virtually no financial value to offset the costs of recovery. It raises the question of liability for boat owners in a situation where the vessel becomes a navigational or environmental hazard.

There's been no comment on the situation so far either from Harbourmaster Marty Black or the QLDC.

The Otago Regional Council posted this update at 4.00 pm today.

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  • Anon Anon : 7/02/2019, 7:55 pm (16 months ago)

    So just to confirm - you published a story to rile people up about how bad it was that it was capsized in the lake, and now you've done a follow up based on nonsense you gathered from two bystanders, on the appalling state of the boat now it has been recovered from said lake?
    Did you think the thing was going to fly away? Do you think the owner sunk the thing deliberately just so you had something to pore over? The thing can't have been out of the lake for more than a couple of hours when you published this garbage, give the owner a chance to sort out what was clearly an awful accident all round.
    Might be worth gathering some actual facts so your articles have some content too, typical Queenstown sensationalist gutter press.