A yacht believed to have broken free of its mooring was recovered on September 10 by the NSW Roads and Maritime Service after it beached at Ettalong.
The vessel was unmanned and adrift after heavy storms experienced the previous weekend.
Ettalong resident Mr David Harvey photographed the boat on September 1.
He said he believed it to be a 40ft ketch and said that, given the state of its mooring rope, it seemed likely it had broken free and gone adrift.
It may have been left beached at Ettalong for almost a fortnight before a retrieval operation commenced on September 10.
RMS media officer Ms Emily Rundle confirmed the vessel was in the custody of NSW Maritime while a search for the owner was underway.
“NSW Maritime re-floated the vessel yesterday (September 10) afternoon and it is now on a secure mooring,” she said in a statement.
Photo, 1 Sep 2019
David Harvey, Ettalong
Media statement, 10 Sep 2019
Emily Blundell, RMS Media Unit
Reporter: Dilon Luke