P-plater accident swerving and hits boat at Nelson Bay

Passers-by assisted Laurie Seddon with his upturned boat. Photo supplied
Passers-by assisted Laurie Seddon with his upturned boat. Photo supplied

THE Australia Day boating conditions were not ideal for regular Bay spearfishing enthusiast Laurie Seddon, but things got a whole lot rougher on Mr Seddon’s trip home.

Mr Seddon was driving back from Nelson Bay, his crew in separate cars, when a “wayward young driver” fishtailed across the road and impacted the side of Mr Seddon’s boat with the front of his vehicle.

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“I managed to get out to the shelf and back and then I got cleaned up on my way home,” Mr Seddon said.

Mr Seddon told News Of The Area he saw “some real crazy [stuff] in the rear mirror and then the boat skidding down the road before hitting the grass and rolling over”.

“After I checked the other driver, I went back and surveyed the damage,” he said.

“A lot of people had stopped to help, so we managed to get the boat back on the trailer, gathered up all my debris and limped for home.”

Following a career that has involved many stressful encounters, Mr Seddon’s main concern was for the other driver who was a P-plater and “very traumatised” by the accident.

His secondary concern was for his boat, affectionately known as “the Battered Sav”, which is now split from transom to front and “probably a write-off”.

The trailer was also described as “critical” along with some other colourful words that this paper is unfortunately unable to print.

The spearfishing fraternity were quick to offer their condolences on social media, with friends saying they were “sorry for his loss” but also keen to find out whether he had caught anything.

For the record, “no Marlin were sighted” 55km out to sea, but the crew did spot one on the surface on their return home.

When asked how he was coping with losing “the Battered Sav”, Mr Seddon laconically replied that he was “at home, crying”.

Mr Seddon said that he and the boat had enjoyed a two decade long association.

“It was special,” he said.

By Jo FINN

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