Coffs Harbour International Marina during last night's east coast low.
Coffs Harbour International Marina during last night's east coast low. Contributed

How Coffs Marina precinct was saved from devastation

A SOUTHERLY wind was the Coffs Harbour International Marina's saving grace during the east coast low.

If it was northerly wind combined with last night's 1.9m tide, the situation at the Marina would have been very different according to Coffs Harbour International Marina manager, Elise Currey.

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"There's been a few boats tied up badly and insufficient lines, a few sails have come loose and flapping but nothing major, we've actually done quite well," Ms Currey said.

"We fared well and it's just a matter of chasing up boat owners today."

This time around, it was the neighbouring Fishermen's Co-Op that bore the brunt of the storm.

 "We copped a bit of a battering last night," the Co-Op's seafood operations manager, Shane Geary said.

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"There's a bit of damage to the roofing, water in the moorings, the electricals, the power has surged out, but other than that we're pretty good."

 Mr Geary expects the fleet to be out of action until the weekend.

"The fleet is obviously not working due to the big seas at the moment," he said.

"We've had a pretty good run leading up to this weather so there's plenty of prawns around. They(the fleet) won't be going to sea for a couple of days yet,

"We'll have enough stock leading in to the weekend anyhow."

Catermaran owner, Peter Riddell recalled his frightful endeavour yesterday evening to moor his vessel in the marina.

 "I was so lucky, there was quite a few people on the dock thinking I was gone," Mr Riddell said.

"I was a bit worried last night with the tides and everything and the wind was just howling."

The Yeppoon local said last night's storm was similar to a recent cyclone in his home town.

"It felt as bad as the cyclone up there and that was a category 5."

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