Please get this derelict vessel way from Ladysmith harbour

Continued existence of the disaster waiting to happen in our beautiful harbour

Editor:

I an writing to voice concerns over the continued existence of the disaster waiting to happen in our beautiful harbour named the Vicki Lyne II.

My email to the Coast Guard in Victoria brought the response that I should  contact the environmental branch (I thought the Coast Guard was the first responder in these matters). Is this more passing the buck?

I have been told that the Coast Guard have removed diesel fuel from the Viki Lyne II, but the real culprit will be the large quantity of heavy oil and hydraulics still on board.

On my second visit to the site I found the Viki Lyne II still above water; on my next will I only see the red funnel?

Something must be done before this ship causes any damage to our harbour, our marine life and our seafood industry.

Please send this ship on it’s last trip.

Herb Cordingley,Ladysmith