NEIGHBOURLY ACT: Troy Taylor, left, and Kris Aherne with the cruiser at Point Vernon.
NEIGHBOURLY ACT: Troy Taylor, left, and Kris Aherne with the cruiser at Point Vernon. Alistair Brightman

Neighbour refloats marooned 25-foot boat

LOVE thy neighbour is the new number one commandment for those with boats moored out to sea.

Yesterday, a 25-foot cruiser marooned on the rocks at Point Vernon was successfully refloated by the owner's neighbour.

Point Vernon resident Troy Taylor, 35, acted to save the vessel on behalf of the owner, who had reportedly been holidaying outside of the area.

Mr Taylor, with the help of two other local men, attached three anchors to the stern and bow, and waited until the high tide to manoeuvre the boat out.

"We weren't sure if we could save it," he said.

"But we gave it our best shot and it came through."

The boat was successfully refloated around 12pm.

While a call was made to police at 11.30am yesterday to alert authorities to the run-ashore vessel, the onus was placed on the owner to manage the situation.

The owner, who is expected back from his travels today, will be able to inspect the boat now moored near the boat ramp located next to Gatakers Landing Restaurant.

"I don't think any serious damage has been done," Mr Taylor said.

"It's yet to be seen whether it needs repairs."