Dennis Collier thinks he’s a very lucky man after his boat was found 240km further north a week after it broke its mooring in Grey near Cervantes. Mr Collier left his boat moored on January 9 for the night, but when he got up at 5am the following day to check his cray pots the vessel was nowhere in sight. “It was a windy night, something like 30 knots,” he said. “I’m lucky the rope broke because another boat there was smashed up on the rocks from the wind. It was a strong easterly going that night which dragged the boat out to sea.” Mr Collier drove along the coast to Cervantes expecting to see a wreck covered in sand, but instead he found nothing. A week later, his fortunes changed. A call came in to the Mid West Port Authority on January 16 about a submerged boat 4km off the coast of Geraldton. Pilot boat crew Danny Farmer and Bob Woodman were dispatched and found the boat sunk with just the bow tip exposed. “We towed it upright, cleaned the spark plugs out and got the motor running after 20 pulls. It’s amazing that the boat is still going after all that,” Mr Farmer said. Mid West Port Authority chief executive Roy Pead said considering the growth of coral on the stern, he believed it had likely been underwater at least two days. Apart from two missing fuel tanks, the boat showed no signs of damage at all.