Boat crash in Harrington - salvage under way

11 April 2013

About 5am this morning a 16.4 metre timber trawler called Henry Lawson collided with the breakwater at Harrington, about 200 kilometres north of Newcastle.

The three crew members did not sustain any injuries.

The vessel is believed to be carrying 1500 litres of diesel which may be leaking due to damage on the port side of the vessel.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is leading the salvage effort and working onsite with HAZMAT to determine the best action, which will most likely include installing booms to contain any pollution.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined. An RMS Boating Safety Officer is on site investigating.

While this investigation is continuing, the NSW Government’s top priority is protecting the marine environment as well as the safety of workers onsite and the public.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit 8588 5999 

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