A source, who asked not to be named, told CINews he had heard no machinery in action at the stranding site yesterday, and that previous attempts to free the vessel had been stymied by tides and winds going against the rescue effort.
The 60 foot longliner has been stuck since Friday night, and although the Ministry of Marine Resources fears it could pose an environment threat to the reef, no ill-effects have been reported so far. Two large diggers were driven across the lagoon yesterday to aid the rescue effort, which earlier enlisted the help of the heavy load carrier Layar Mas 291.
The source hoped that the rescue would be completed today, in what he described as a “best shot”, due to a change in the tide and winds.
One way of freeing the longliner could involve diggers on the reef that would push the Zambucca, while it is also pulled by a barge in the ocean. However, the source stressed this was only one of several likely options.
Attempts to contact Ocean Fresh director Bill Doherty for comment were unsuccessful.