Divers to retrieve wreck at Pilot Bay

A local diving company has been called to assist in retrieving the wreck. Supplied photo.

A diving team has entered the water today to retrieve an old trimaran which sunk on its mooring in Pilot Bay.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff were called to the site last night and despite efforts to pump water from the wreck and re-float, the boat sank.

Staff have been back since first light this morning.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s maritime pollution prevention officer regional on scene commander Adrian Heays says a local dive company has been called to assist.

“They will assist us in re-floating and salvaging the sunken vessel,” says Adrian.

“At high tide we will then float the vessel to the shore, before moving it to a nearby truck and trailer with the help of a digger. The wreck will then be taken off site for safe disposal.

“Although the boat ramp is not officially closed we will be occupying the Pilot Bay boat ramp area while we go about removing this vessel. We would appreciate the communities’ support in not parking near, or blocking off, the area.

“The costs associated with the removal of this wreck will be passed along to the owner.”

He says the incident is a good reminder that the upkeep of a boat is the owner’s responsibility.

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Posted on 14-09-2017 09:26 | By GreertonBoy

The Rena would have needed 35,782 king size waterbed matresses... so that leaves the Rena... where it is?


Posted on 13-09-2017 21:39 | By Capt_Kaveman

where does that leave the Rena

Why not...

Posted on 13-09-2017 18:01 | By GreertonBoy

Offer it for sale to recoup some of the expenses? Someone might want to restore it if it is savable? I bet the cost of all of this will be huge (Ly inflated) so probably a better reminder to boat owners is to not let their boat sink because they will get fleeced for thousands or tens of thousands... Btw, I helped a friend raise a sunken boat in shallow water and it cost 2 queen size waterbed mattresses (standard, non waveless)