Be alert – more storms coming…..As high tides and strong winds batter Britain, the coastguard and police are warning people to stay safely on shore and not venture out to sea.
Following two serious incidents over recent days in which people have entered the sea in rough conditions, and with 16 severe flood warnings in force in south-west England, Gloucestershire and Wales, Devon and Cornwall, police and the coastguard are appealing to residents to take care in the stormy weather.
A police spokesperson said: “There are people who enjoy swimming in all weathers as well as those who may underestimate the danger a rough sea can pose. During the current bad weather, we would like to appeal to people not to put themselves, and emergency personnel who might have to turn out to rescue them, in unnecessary danger.”
The River Severn has burst its banks and waves of over 30ft are expected to hit parts of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly later today, with serious flooding in many areas already reported.
However, Tom Mansell, RNLI divisional operations manager and flood rescue team leader, told the BBC that the situation so far had been “better than expected” and as long as people take caution the flood defences in place should be able to cope.
“This is coastal flooding that we are expecting,” he said. “Such areas are reasonably used to this but the danger is really where people are going down to have a look. They don’t understand how dangerous the sea can be.”
Yachting & Boating World: An Australian gang member from th Brothers 4 Life was shot onboard a luxury yacht late on New Year’s Day after gunfire broke out near Sydney.
The 31-year-old was found at Bondi Beach with a gunshot wound to his shoulder at around 11.30pm on Wednesday but is refusing to cooperate with police investigating the incident.
A report by ABC News states that the 32m luxury yacht Oscar II was sprayed with bullets as it arrived at Rose Bay in east Sydney.
The gang member, who cannot be identified due to a court order, was taken to hospital but discharged himself soon after.
Local police said at least 10 shots were fired at the luxury yacht and bullet holes could be seen in a number of windows on the boat’s port side.
The cruiser, which can be hired for more than $2,000 an hour, has been seized and taken for further analysis.
Practical Boat Owner: Four men were rescued from a 30ft sailing yacht when they got into difficulties in high winds and a heavy sea near Southend Pier. The crew of the 30ft cruiser were suffering from cold and sea sickness.
Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1.57pm yesterday following a report that the yacht ‘Mirrorcles II’ was unable to make way and its crew were experiencing cold and sea sickness.
Under the command of coxswain Robin Castle, the lifeboat located the casualty with four men on board, approximately half a mile south of Southend Pier, Thames Estuary.
Southend ‘Atlantic’ lifeboat was already on scene and had transferred one crewmember to the craft.
A Sheerness volunteer was also transferred on board and a tow was established for the journey across the Thames Estuary in force seven South Westerly winds and a heavy sea to Queenborough harbour.
After securing the craft on a mooring at Queenborough the four casualties were taken back to Sheerness lifeboat station for warmth and hot refreshments before being picked up by relatives.
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Smoke could be seen coming from a boat in a Portsmouth boatyard following an explosion and fire on board. Emergency crews were called to the Portsmouth Marine Engineering private boatyard when a blaze broke out on Sunday afternoon.
The explosion took place at around 1pm on Sunday and the fire crews spent 20 minutes putting out the fire.
An investigation into the incident is now taking place, however it is thought it may have been caused by a gas leak.
Boat owners are being warned to beware of thieves after a spate of incidents across the country have been reported.
Outboard engines and other items have been stolen in recent months. The Police have responded by urging boat owners to report any suspicious activity in boatyards.
Clearly security measures are important and the Police have appealed for owners to think about the precautions they have in place.