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Fishing boat removed from rocky beach

LISA KING, [email protected]

Fishing boat removed from rocky beach

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TWENTY DAYS after it ran aground at Quick’s Bay, North Point, St Lucy, the fishing boat Lady Anne was removed from its rocky resting place yesterday.

The boat, belonging to Orson “Fabby” Simmons, of Reservoir Road, St Peter, was brought ashore about 2:40 p.m.

“Thanks to God,” said Simmons, who was on the scene.

A crew from Crane and Equipment Ltd, led by equipment manager Dustin Edwards, started about midday and after three hours, lifted the vessel to higher ground.

Vernon Frederick, who captained the boat when it ran into difficulties, said he was relieved it was on dry land. “I could sleep better now,” he said.

Back on June 7, he was fishing several miles off North Point when a rope got caught in the propeller and immobilised the engine. The boat started to drift and the tide eventually pushed it ashore around 3 a.m. the next day.

Simmons said he expected repairs to the 20-foot vessel, which he has owned for 30 years, to be in the region of $20 000.

The vessel was expected to be taken to Six Men’s, St Peter. (LK)