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Greetings Everyone,

The last day of the year — lots of drama!!  We thought No. 15 would be the last update for the year but not to be.  Bundaberg has just had its biggest flood since 1942.  Parts of the town are flooded, the river is raging at up to 15 knots (that’s almost 28 km/hour) tossing logs, wharves, wrecked boats and tons of debris everywhere.  The marina where we were moored has virtually disappeared (their fuel wharf with 30,000 litres of fuel ended up in a paddock several miles downstream) and most of their buildings have gone.  Up to 30 or more yachts (the actual figure is unknown) have been lost — some sunk in the river, some washed up into the mangroves where it will be impossible to retrieve them, some washed out to sea, some just disappeared.  Wreckage has been found on the beaches as far north as the Town of 1770, 40 nautical miles up the coast.  The water was flowing five metres deep over the spillway of the Paradise Dam upstream from Bundaberg.

Having said all that, we arrived here yesterday afternoon after waiting until the highways were open but couldn’t get to the boat as that part of Bundaberg was flooded.  We eventually got to it this morning after wading part of the way through the mud and then getting a dinghy ride down the street to where the boat was.  After breaking free of the last mooring holding her, Maranatha had drifted down the river dragging her anchor and the mooring buoy and come to rest in the front yard of the fishing trawlers’ unloading complex.  It had actually floated over the trawler wharf and was between the wharf and the buildings, with the davits at the back having succumbed to a couple of trees on the way.

The immediate problem was that we only had an hour or two to get it back over the wharf as the river was falling.  If we had failed then it would have been impossible to get it back as there was no access for a crane.  Phil and Clayton, another yachtie friend, went on board and with the help of a local with his 60 HP dinghy they were able to get it back over the wharf and into the river.  They had to cut the anchor chain as it was jammed under the wharf we think.  They then catapulted downstream at a great rate of knots and finally made it to the small harbour near the river mouth and rafted up to Clayton’s boat on the public wharf.

We have some damage — the davits which hold the solar panels and the dinghy are wrecked where they hit the tree.  The inflatable dinghy is wrecked and the hull has a big dent on the port side just above the waterline where part of the marina wharf hit it as it (the wharf) was heading downstream.  There may be other damage underwater but this won’t be known until it is slipped.  One thing is for sure — if it had been a fibre glass vessel it would have been wrecked.

We are very grateful that we still have a boat but it is going to be a while before it is shipshape again.  We look like being in Bundaberg for some time now.  (As I sit here typing this I keep reminding myself that we were supposed to be on our friend’s yacht in Sydney watching the fireworks tonight.  Such is life!!)

Thank you for all those that prayed for us.  There were many “coincidences” where if they hadn’t happened the boat would have been lost and a number of people have commented that it was a “miracle” that they happened that way and not the way that they should have happened.

God is good.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Urgent prayer request.

The Burnett River is in the biggest flood since 1971 with peak tides today and tomorrow.  Most of the boats moored in the river have dragged their moorings some kilometers down the river and the marina itself is flooded and has been evacuated.  Maranatha is moored on one of the marinas fore and aft moorings (ie it is tied to two moorings, one at the front and one at the back).  Apparently the rope connecting the rear mooring bouy to the mooring block on the river bed has broken.  This is not a major problem as with the flood all the strain is on the front mooring.  The front of the boat was tied to the front mooring with four new ropes and apparently two of these have broken, possibly due to a log that got tangled with the ropes.  We also have the main anchor deployed.  At the time of writing this, Maranatha is about the only vessel out of about twenty five that has not moved.

The forecast is for the flood to peak either today or tomorrow if no more rain falls.  However, the forecast is for more rain.  Phil and I are at our daughter’s in Sydney and need wisdom as to what we should do — should we drive back to Bundaberg now (which will not get us there before the forecast flood peak).

Please pray for safety for the boat and for wisdom in our decision making.

Thankyou.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

This will probably be our last Admiral’s Update until we return to the yacht in February. We hoped to get around to see everyone while we were back in Australia but there will be some that we will miss. We would like to wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and that 2011 will be prosperous for you. Also, we would like to thank you all for your support and friendship during the past year. We value both and could not operate with out that backing.

My Dad is slowly recovering and with a bit more help, is managing well at his home. We are going to our daughter’s in the Blue Mountains for Christmas and will spend time with her and then return to the Central Coast before heading back to Bundaberg in February.

We are still waiting for the paperwork to come from PNG for our visa renewals so that is still a matter for prayer. We are also still chasing support for the young lady in PNG who needs the cleft palate operation. We have been given an e-mail address for a surgeon in Madang who has been recommended to us but it is not connecting so back to snail mail. Keep praying.

God bless each of you and may 2011 be a GREAT Year for you.

Pam and Phil

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