Heavy weather tears boats from mooringsBy Melissa Maddison, Thursday January 24, 2013 - 13:00 EDT
Two large boats have washed up onto the beach in the Whitsundays, in north Queensland.
Squally conditions associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald have caused the 12m boats to break their moorings and wash onto the shore at Cannonvale, near Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday resident Dan Van Blarcom says one boat appears to be quite badly damaged.
"One we just went around and had a look at, it's on the rocks, that one is damaged because I can smell diesel in the water so it's got a hole in it," he said.
"Now there's another one here. It's almost like a houseboat, that one there, it probably come up right on the top of the tide and it looks like it's probably pretty OK."
© ABC 2013
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