Russell shows the evidence of the nut loosened.
Russell shows the evidence of the nut loosened.

Theres a nut job on the loose

BOATIES check your trailers because there is a nut on the loose.

The warning comes from Emerald local Russell Catip after someone loosened five nuts on his trailer when he was out boating on Sunday.

Russell was with his family enjoying a lazy afternoon on the Fairbairn Dam, but the outing turned sour when he found the nuts loosened on one side of the trailer he had left parked near the boat ramp.

"We went out to the dam about 4pm and came back to the boat ramp about 6.30pm," he said.

"As we were coming home along Selma Rd we heard a thumping noise.

"We pulled over, we thought it was the wheel bearing but it was the wheel nuts loose. They were just about ready to come off. We had tightened and checked those before we went out."

A regular boatie, Russell routinely checks over his boat trailer before a trip out to the dam and said the only way for the nuts to loosen was by someone with a spanner.

"They would have had to loosen it with a spanner… and for someone just to loosen the nuts - it's downright dangerous," he said.

"If the wheel had fallen off at any time, it could've hurt somebody. The boat could've fallen off or it could've done worse.

"We are very lucky, if we had the windows up and aircon and music on we wouldn't have heard the noise."

Russell said he was sure this type of behavior had happened before and he had reported it to police.

"I first thought someone had something against us but I'm sure it's happened before," he said.

"I just want to warn fellow boaties to check their trailers over every time you take your boat out."


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