HMAS Tobruk scuttling labelled a ‘stuff-up’ by dive operators

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IT WAS supposed to be a win for the state’s tourist industry, but everyone watching our navy’s biggest ship sink knew something had gone terribly wrong.

DIVE operators say the scuttling of a former navy ship off central Queensland was a “stuff-up” after it came to rest on its side.

The State Government paid a contractor to sink ex-HMAS Tobruk late last month, promising it would provide a world-class dive site for tourists.

But the ship listed as valves flooded the vessel late last month, rolling it as it was going down in the Great Sandy Marine Park, between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

It ended up on its side, with Lady Musgrave Experience owner Brett Lakey saying the landing was not what was promised to operators who have dive permits for the site.

He said the ship’s position could limit access to more experienced divers.

“I know (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) are … working with every option to see whether they will right it or leave it on its side,” Mr Lakey told The Courier-Mail.

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