A yacht which sank in Wollongong Harbour on Tuesday night has been pulled from the brine by a giant crane as investigations continue into the cause of the sinking.
The 9m steel yacht Bionicle Boy was craned onto the back of a truck by contractors organised by NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
A Maritime spokeswoman said investigations would look at why the bilge pump failed, a factor tagged as the cause of the sinking.
Absorbent booms had earlier been laid to contain the fuel which spilled from the stricken vessel.
"After contacting the owner, NSW Maritime arranged for a contractor to salvage the yacht after it sank in its berth in a busy part of the waterway, adjacent to a sandstone wall," the spokeswoman said.
"At this stage, it is unclear why the bilge system failed causing the vessel to sink. NSW Maritime will investigate the incident.
"Fire and Rescue NSW were also involved to help contain a small amount of fuel which ended up in the water yesterday.
"Cost recovery of the salvage will be pursued with the boat owner."
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