The Simpson's fishing trawler is still submerged in the Burrum River.
The Simpson's fishing trawler is still submerged in the Burrum River. Hayden Johnson

Water pumped from stricken trawler in Burrum Heads

THE Simpson's stricken fishing trawler is edging its way further up the banks of the Burrum River.

 

The trawler, owned by the Simpson family, drifted more than 80 metres from its berth and went under during the tornado that hit Burrum Heads in January.

 

It was the second setback after boat owner Shane Simpson had an operation to remove a tumour from his spine.

 

Shane's brother Tony Simpson has looked after the salvage while Shane is recovering from the successful operation.

 

The trawler was half-submerged in the middle of the Burrum River last week but it was pushed closer to the shore on Tuesday.

 

Tony said he was hopeful to have the boat floating as soon as possible.

 

"We're pumping water out of the hull so once that's done we'll refloat it and get it out," he said.

 

"Hopefully we can get it afloat on the high tide."

 

He acknowledged there was still a huge amount of work to do before the boat was removed from the river.

 

"We will have to get the water out of the engine and re-oil everything so it is a massive job," he said.

 

Tony said the complete salvage operation would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

 

"After lifting it and dragging it in the water then getting it onto the slipway and taking it away, it will be around $25,000-$30,000," he said.