UPDATE: A DIGGER has begun dragging sand from below the stranded boat on a Torquay beach.

A crowd of people have gathered to watch the operation, which is also expected to include two Volunteer Marine Rescue vessels.

High tide for Hervey Bay is after 7pm.

An excavator arrives on Torquay Beach to start the salvage operation of a beached cruiser.
An excavator arrives on Torquay Beach to start the salvage operation of a beached cruiser.

EARLIER: A salvage operation to remove a 41 foot cruiser of Torquay beach will begin on Wednesday night. 

The boat was moored off Hervey Bay for six months before a northerly wind broke the anchor line on Tuesday.

Efforts to remove the boat off the beach on Tuesday night's high tide were unsuccessful. 

Onlookers stopped to take in the rare sight of the beached boat.

41ft cruiser beached on Torquay Beach. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
41ft cruiser beached on Torquay Beach. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

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