A 20-foot motor boat came adrift from its mooring off Byron Bay last night and ended up drifting onto Main Beach.
The boat’s skipper Michael Hadlow said he and his son-in-law had been travelling from Horizon Shores near Stradbroke Island to Ballina on Tuesday when they experienced electrical problems.
They contacted the Volunteer Marine Rescue unit and were transferred from the boat to shore, leaving the boat moored to an anchor.
Mr Hadlow received a call last night around 9pm however telling him that the boat – a Bayliner 2850 Command Bridge – had drifted off its mooring and was sitting on Main Beach.
‘Apparently the D shackle has separated from the chain securing the anchor,’ he said.
‘Winds and the sea have been buffeting the boat for the past few days and we were waiting for things to quieten down to replace batteries on the boat.
Mr Hadlow said the boat, which was towed up the beach using an excavator this morning, will now be transferred to the Ballina Slipway for repairs and an insurance assessment.
‘There is damage to the transom and the stern driver, and the swim platform has been torn away so there are holes in the back of the boat,’ he said.
‘The main thing is that no-one was hurt.’