Facebook finds stolen boat 6 weeks from world championships

WHEN Sue Williams stepped out of her home for her morning paddling session she was stunned to find her outrigger overturned and her husband's missing.

With just six weeks until the pair were due to compete for Australia at the 13th International Dragon Boat Championships in China, every training opportunity was vital.

"Because we're training every day they were both on the pontoon, all set up," she said.

Both paddle craft were tided down, knotted tight, but Ms Williams found one boat missing and the rope neatly coiled on the dock.

But just 24 hours after discovering the disappearance of the outrigger, Ms Williams had tracked it down, with the help of social media.

She and her husband shared pictures of the stolen craft among their social networks in the hope that someone might see it posted for sale online or sold as parts.

"Someone saw it stashed in some bushes on a street in Kawana, all pulled apart," Ms Williams said.

"I'd say it was kids, but they had an outrigger paddle."

Ms Williams retrieved the outrigger, but left the paddle behind, not wanting to take what was not hers.

While she was relieved to get the boat back, she was left unsettled at the idea that someone might have been "casing" her property.

"We back onto bushes and we don't have houses that look down on us," she said.

"We have lights on the pontoon, but it must have happened in the dead of night."

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