Lost Bar Crusher found in New Zealand

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The Bar Crusher boat found on a Northland beach in New Zealand. (Photo: Zak Slaughter, Slaughter Charters, NZ.)
The Bar Crusher boat found on a Northland beach in New Zealand. (Photo: Zak Slaughter, Slaughter Charters, NZ.)

Fishing boat lost at sea turns up in New Zealand having drifted 2,000km.

A Bar Crusher fishing boat which went missing off Maroubra in NSW in 2017 has turned up 18 months later – 2,000km away in New Zealand.

The missing boat was discovered by a fisherman at Henderson Bay, near the tip of New Zealand's North Island, who, according to local news reports, initially thought it was a beached whale.

It was only on closer inspection that he realised the barnacle-encrusted hull was a boat, complete with its outboard engine still attached.

The boat turned out to be a Bar Crusher 615C with Suzuki 140hp engine that was originally sold by Blakes Marine in Sydney in 2015. It was then bought by David Nash in 2017 who, in September that year, went fishing at The Peak, approximately 13km offshore from the Sydney suburb of Maroubra

During the trip, as Nash was dropping the anchor, the rope became tangled around the motor and, before he could unhook it, the anchor took hold and pulled the stern under in the rough conditions. The boat was swamped by a large wave, causing it to take on more water and capsize. Nash managed to dive under the vessel to activate his EPIRB and clung to the bow of the vessel until a helicopter came to the rescue, followed by a police vessel.

Local charter operator, Zak Slaughter, plans to clean up the boat and use it. (Photo: Zak Slaughter, Slaughter Charters, NZ.)
Local charter operator, Zak Slaughter, plans to clean up the boat and use it. (Photo: Zak Slaughter, Slaughter Charters, NZ.)

Although Nash was saved, the boat was not so fortunate. While it was being towed back by a rescue boat, the tow line snapped and the boat was abandoned. A later search failed to find it – until now.

According to local reports, the boat itself is still largely intact - and it's a case of finders keepers. One of the New Zealanders who found it, Zak Slaughter, runs a fishing charter business and is now considering cleaning up the boat and using it himself.

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