A wooden boat that washed ashore on a WA beach in April may be the wreckage of the sunken wooden boat used by some of the workers who perished in the worst coal dust disaster in Australian history.
Key points:The wooden boat, owned by an industrial partner, washed up on a beach in a remote part of the coast in May, causing a public outcry and sparking a coronavirus outbreakThe company behind the wooden vessel, Woodlands Group, said it would provide a $1 million reward for information about the vesselThe $1.5 million reward is the largest ever offered in an outbreak of the coronaviruses coronavirochymos.
The wooden vessel that washed up in May was owned by Woodlands Industrial Partnership, a partner in the disaster, which also killed 17 workers.
Woodlands said on Thursday that the wooden craft was in a good condition.
“We’ve been in contact with the owner and the owners have been working on the issue and we’re hopeful that they will get back to us soon,” said Woodlands spokesman Shane Wilson.
“The boat is in good condition with a few rust spots on the sides and the bow, so we’re confident that it’s clean.”
Woodlands’ offer comes as more details emerge about the cause of the accident.
In early June, the WA Government announced a $3.5-million reward for any information leading to the discovery of the vessel’s owner.
“This boat was the last piece of debris in the wreckage that was recovered from the site,” Mr Wilson said.
“As this investigation is still in its early stages, we’ll be sharing more information as and when it is made available.”
The WA Government said the wooden canoe was being donated to a local museum, where it would be displayed in its entirety.