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Salvage operation of Salvatore V complete at Bermagui

NSW Maritime has completed the salvage of the 18-metre timber fishing vessel Salvatore V which ran aground at Haywards Beach last Thursday.

NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said salvage crews had been operating on the beach and on the water for the last week to ensure the vessel and all debris associated with it was removed safely and quickly.

“We are pleased that the salvage of the vessel has now been completed just over a week since it ran aground four kilometres north of Bermagui,” Mr Hutchings said.

“The heavy machinery and plant equipment, ground crews and maritime crews will be leaving the site today as most of the vessel and debris has been removed.

“NSW Maritime will continue to monitor Haywards beach over the next few weeks to ensure any extra debris washed ashore from the vessel is collected and removed safely.”

The vessel ran aground last Thursday when it was returning to port. A large swell, limited vehicle access, combined with high tides on Thursday and Friday night made the salvage of the vessel and debris complex for ground and water crews.

“Due to the state of the vessel, it was not possible to re-float it, therefore we needed several excavators, trucks and skip bins to break it up and remove the debris offsite to an authorised waste facility,” Mr Hutchings said.

Mr Hutchings said boat operators should continue to be on the lookout for the any debris which may present a navigational hazard.

“We would like to thank the community for its patience during the salvage.”

NSW Maritime, as lead agency on marine pollution, has worked with Environment Protection Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Bega Valley Council.

Members of the public who see any suspected debris on Haywards Beach should report it rather than collect it, by contacting the NSW Maritime Info Line 13 12 36 or report via email to incident@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Photos by The Beagle pup reporters of Akolele

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