Trawler Jay Patricia aground near Waiapaoa

A fishing vessel went aground on a sandbar on the city side of the Waipaoa River mouth during the night. A refloating attempt for the steel-hulled long-liner Jay Patricia was hoped to be made around high tide in the middle of the day, or otherwise on high tide tomorrow. Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said the trawler remained upright on the sandbar. “The grounding happened at about 2am today as the vessel was returning to Gisborne from a fishing trip.” >click to read<17:20

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