Protect your Crop & Viticulture INSURE NOW Published each Wednesday morning at 19 Agnes Street, Kingston SE SA 5275. Phone (08) 8767 2999, Fax 8767 2334. For more information and quotes please Responsibility for election comment is taken by Richard James Peake, 93 Smith St, Naracoorte. contact our Kingston Ofﬁce 8767 2488 Registered by Australia Post. Publication No. SACO 807 – Category A Or Greg Watson 0428 849 311 Vol. 47 No. 31 Wednesday, August 6, 2008 16 pages PRICE $1.40 GST Inclusive sport inside today Robe art Saints Boat aground prize now blitz 2 yearly Eagles Music rewards 3 8 Greener school 9 16 A COUPLE whose 13m ketch ran aground on The retired couple and the Gioconda – another name travelled backwards and forwards and reversed to get on the radio several times and burnt off some flares. the rocks in Robe on Sunday were rescued by for the Mona Lisa – tried to enter the Lake Butler ma- off," he said. Marala skipper David Brooks was among the first to volunteers after nearly four hours at sea. rina at about 3pm Sunday. "We eventually got off but the motor was making drop everything to come out and help the Marshalls. Many Robe residents watched the drama unfold from Mr Marshall said: "First time we attempted, she (the this nasty noise and we got over to a place opposite the Mr Brooks said: "We were sitting in the front bar and the foreshore – opposite the Visitor Information Centre Gioconda) struck bottom in the channel here, so we rocks over there (across from Robe VIC and post of- seen it all happening. – as volunteers made several attempts to pull out the backed off. fice)." "Before the flare had gone off, we had already made "Gioconda Adelaide" and its passengers from the rocks "I wasn't expecting shallow water because it was Mr Marshall stopped the motor and threw the anchor a start because we thought they were going to go on the just 40m from shore. high tide when we came in. We got tide readings for all overboard. rocks and next minute, they (were). Owners Lex and Ruth Marshall were on their way the ports including Robe on the GPS. "Unfortunately the anchor dragged and (it) dragged "As soon as the flares went off that was it, we were from Adelaide to Eden, NSW, and were making a stop "Having struck sand once, we thought we better us back on the rocks". out of there. I left my money, my drink and we were in Robe when their ketch ran aground. come carefully on the depth sounder." It took the ketch about half an hour between the time just gone." Mr Marshall spoke to the Leader on Monday about But once again, the Gioconda hit the bottom and Mr it first hit the bottom and finally ran aground on the But it wasn't easy for David and his crew to get close his sense of helplessness when things got out of hand at Marshall failed to find deep water. rocks. to the Gioconda. sea – and his luck in saving the boat. "At that stage we were stuck, so we slammed and At that stage, Mr Marshall had called for help • continued – 2 Ruth and Lex Marshall on the Gioconda Adelaide (foreground) as volunteers on the Marala try to get closer to pull it out of the rocks in Guichen Bay, Robe, on Sunday. – photo courtesy of Robe police. Ruth and Lex Marshall are lucky to have had their vessel rescued on Sunday.
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