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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 00:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

A coaster, Selene Prahm, is outbound from the Channel, bound for Waterford in Ireland. But right now she's heading for Falmouth Bay, presumably for shelter from the weather.
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 09:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Search for woman swept out to sea
Published on 21/12/2013 09:12

A major search was launched today for a woman believed to have been swept out to sea following a night out.

Sussex Police called the Solent Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at 2.24am to tell them that the woman had gone in to the water opposite the Digital night club, just west of Palace Pier, Brighton, at 2.24am today.

People attempted to reach her but rough seas with three-metre waves made this impossible, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said.
Coastguard rescue officers, lifeboat crews, police and a helicopter have been searching for the missing woman, she said.

The Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was sent to the scene alongside the RNLI all-weather lifeboat based in Shoreham, West Sussex.

Specialist Coastguard Water Rescue Officers from Shoreham and Littlehampton, and the crew of the RNLI inshore lifeboat, based in Brighton, joined them at the scene to work as "spotters" to help the helicopter and lifeboat try to find the woman in the water.

The MCA spokeswoman said the search is continuing, with the RNLI lifeboat based at Shoreham working with Coastguard rescue officers, police, South East Coast Ambulance Service HART team and the crew of the Brighton RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Solent Coastguard watch manager Paul Marlow said: "We believe that a couple went in to the sea after a night out on the town.
"One managed to get back out of the rough sea but sadly the other was swept out to sea.
"Gale force wind, rough seas and darkness make it difficult to spot a person in the water who needs help and so our request is simple - please don't end your night out with a dip.
"Cold water and powerful seas mean that it's really not as much fun as you might think."


A Sussex Police spokesman said : "A search was conducted along the beach including an aerial search by helicopter. At 4.40am no body or person had been recovered and that has not changed."

Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2013, All Rights Reserved.

http://www.petersfieldpost.co.uk/news/national/search-for-woman-swept-out-to-sea-1-5764643
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 10:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A coaster, Selene Prahm, is outbound from the Channel, bound for Waterford in Ireland. But right now she's heading for Falmouth Bay, presumably for shelter from the weather.

Selene Prahm spent the night at anchor off Falmouth. The winds have eased to 25 knots SW'ly and as she gives an ETA of 2200 tonight at Waterford I expect she'll be getting under way again soon.

EDIT: But maybe not - the winds out in the Celtic Sea are still gale force...
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 10:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

1012: And now the Falmouth LB is heading out into the bay...

(If it looks like an exercise, I'll just update this post.)

1017: Not out in the bay, but just across the harbour to St Mawes...

HW was 07:18 - Next LW 13:47 (Spring tides)
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 10:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bulk carrier docks in Falmouth for repairs after collision: PICTURE
2:30pm Friday 20th December 2013 in Falmouth/Penryn

A welcome change to see the Number 2 dry-dock accommodating large vessels again after an absence of some months, says David Barnicoat. (Where did the dry dock go?! Psychout)

A collision in the Dover Straits last week saw the Hong Kong registered Panamax bulk carrier Darya Gayatari diverted to Falmouth for repairs to bow damage sustained when she collided with the freighter Paula C.
A team of steelworkers at A&P Falmouth is busy cutting away plates damaged in the collision and removing frames buckled by the impact.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is conducting an investigation into the accident. The Paula C made her way to Southampton for examination.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/fpfalmouth/10888312.Bulk_carrier_docks_in_Falmouth_for_repairs_after_collision__PICTURES/

The FP still has the ship's name wrong! (Should be Darya Gayatri)
I managed to get to the docks yesterday, and got some pics similar to this.
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 11:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WW1 U-boat wreckage visible in River Medway
10 December 2013 Last updated at 18:37 GMT

The wreckage of a German World War One U-boat remains marooned in a remote area of mudflats off the Kent coast where it has been lying for nearly 100 years.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-25323057

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Secrets of Kent's WW1 German u-boat
The shipwreck of a German First World War submarine washed up on the Kent coast more than 90 years ago finally gives up its secrets
By Jasper Copping
4:31PM GMT 20 Dec 2013

For almost a century it has been rusting in obscurity on a remote part of the Kent marshes.
Now, following an investigation by experts for English Heritage, the hull of a First World War German submarine has finally given up its secrets.
As part of a major project to mark next year’s centenary of the conflict’s outbreak, marine archaeologists have conducted research into the shipwreck to establish its identity and piece together its final journey.

The vessel, on a creek off the River Medway, is thought to be the only wrecked submarine from the conflict which can be seen from British shores. It is almost completely exposed at low tide and can, with caution, be visited.

It was previously thought to be one of either U122, U123 or UB 122, but following the investigation, the team believe they can discount the first two, which were minelayers, because they would have been larger in size.

According to the team’s research, the vessel, captained by Oberleutenant zue see Alexander Magnus, had surrendered at the end of the war, and been taken to Britain. It had later been towed up the Medway to Halling, where its diesel engines were removed and fitted at a local cement works.

In 1921, it was being taken back down the river, towards the Thames Estuary to be further dismantled, when its tow broke and it was swept ashore, coming to rest in Humble Bee Creek, near to the Isle of Grain, where it remains.

The vessel had been one of the most advanced submarines of the German fleet, being launched in February 1918, at a yard in Bremen. It was a Type UB III, coastal patrol submarine and would have carried 10 torpedoes, with a crew of 34 and a cruising range of 7,200-9,000 miles. The vessel undertook just two patrols before the end of the war and failed to sink any Allied shipping.

After the armistice, it and other u-boats were surrendered to the allies. In November 1918, a total of 114 U boats were taken into Harwich harbour.

Some were subsequently given to France as part of the war reparations package, but most, like UB 122 were consigned for scrap. Before being broken up, the vessels’ components were removed and, where possible, recycled, hence UB 122’s trip up the Medway.

It was one of six u-boats to be lost after the war, while under tow on their way to be broken up. One, U-118, washed up on Hastings beach, where it became a tourist attraction until it was scrapped where it was. UB 122 was simply left in situ.

Mark Dunkley a marine archaeologist with EH said: “For most people, u-boats are out of sight. We know many were lost during the First and Second World War. For those that live on the coast, this is a tangible and visible reminder of those that lost their lives at sea.”

It has been surveyed by experts from Cotswold Archaeology as part of an English Heritage scheme to locate dozens of British and German submarines which sank off the coast of England during the First World War. The project, to last for another four years, will involve identification and analysis of all submarine shipwrecks from the period which are within territorial waters - 12 miles from the coast.

Preliminary research by the team, studying historical records, identified three British and 41 German submarines from the conflict which are known to have sunk in the area. The locations of some of these have already been established, but others have yet to be discovered.

Although most associated with the Second World War, submarine warfare was first deployed during the earlier conflict, as German U-boats attempted to cut supply lines into and around the British Isles, while Royal Navy vessels patrolled in search of enemy ships.

At the start of the war, submarines were supposed to abide by international rules which complied them to then allow the crews of merchant ships to get to safety before sinking their vessels.
But this swiftly became impractical and led to the adoption of unrestricted submarine warfare by Germany, which nearly brought Britain to its knees in 1917.

During the course of the war, German U-boats sank more than 12 million tons of shipping - around 5,000 ships - with the loss of 178 submarines and almost 5,000 men killed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10531084/Secrets-of-Kents-WW1-German-u-boat.html
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 14:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Falmouth LB returned to base about 1235, and about the same time Selene Prahm began to weigh anchor. She's now approaching the Lizard, and her ETA at Waterford has been amended to 1200 tomorrow. The winds in the Celtic Sea are now under 30 knots.
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Sea search for Brighton woman is called off

The search for a woman believed to have been swept out to sea at Brighton has been called off.
Coastguards said it was thought a couple entered the sea after a night out and the woman was swept away.

Rescue teams were scrambled overnight but waves of up to 3m in height made it impossible, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
Conditions during an early daylight sweep on Saturday proved to be so poor it had to be cancelled.

Solent Coastguard watch manager Paul Marlow said: "We believe that a couple went in to the sea after a night out on the town.
"One managed to get back out of the rough sea but sadly the other was swept away.
"Gale force wind, rough seas and darkness make it difficult to spot a person in the water who needs help and so our request is simple - please don't end your night out with a dip."

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A MCA spokeswoman said Solent Coastguard stood down the search and rescue mission at about 09:00 GMT after an exhaustive search.
A coastguard spokesman said: "We conducted a thorough search of the area and nothing was found. The conditions down there are appalling. It's force eight with severe gale warnings.
"It's been left in the hands of the police."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-25476221
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 16:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

A PS to one of the flood surge stories:

Norfolk floods: Surge-hit family move into Bacton house

A family who lost everything in the Norfolk tidal surge have moved into a new home, and said the support of the community had been "incredible".
The chalet at Walcott belonging to Helen Robinson and partner Wes Woods was destroyed two weeks ago in the biggest North Sea surge for 60 years.
The couple's business Articus was also wrecked as the sea took thousands of pounds of equipment.

Now they have received the keys to a house in nearby Bacton.
"It's everything we wanted and in the heart of the place we wanted to live," said Ms Robinson. "It is our perfect home."

On the night of 5 December, Ms Robinson and Mr Woods watched as the sea claimed their home.
"An enormous surge lifted our home up on its crest and crashed it back down, snapping it in two," she said. Shocked

They were unable to look at the damage that night because of the high tides and live electricity wires, but returned the next day.
"It was then it became apparent the sea had claimed our outbuildings, ripped the back off our home, sucked out all of our worldly possessions and business equipment, and then spat them over a 10-acre field, killing sheep in its wake."

In those outbuildings were tools and equipment used in their community art circus business.

"With no insurance as we couldn't get any and having no TV and no knowledge of the Environment Agency's early warning system, we somehow slipped through the net," Ms Robinson said.
"When it happened I just felt broken. I was on my knees."

Then the community stepped in, with complete strangers offering help, money, clothes and household items.
Through a friend, they have been able to rent the cottage in Bacton, complete with outbuildings, a workshop and a vegetable garden.
It meant the couple and Ms Robinson's two children Phoebe, 13, and Rufus, nine, were able to move out of their motel in time for Christmas.

Ms Robinson went on: "We have felt the warmth and love and fondness of total strangers. Our faith in humanity is 100% restored."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25466795
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 19:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selene Prahm is making heavy weather of this voyage. She's hardly got above 5 knots all the way from Falmouth, and sometimes her speed was down to 4 knots. The winds are still fairly strong, so the sea must be pretty rough. She's barely south of Gwennap Head now, which is just west of Porthcurno, so her progress is very slow.

I hope she's not having power problems. You wouldn't want to go flat out in rough seas, but sometimes a burst of power can bring you back on course if the seas have thrown the ship about.

I suppose I'm feeling nervy about this because she's not far from where the Union Star lost power, and that led to the Penlee LB disaster, mentioned above.

I'll keep an eye out till she's well clear of the Cornish coast.

EDIT: There are still gale warnings out , up to Force 9, for Plymouth, Lundy, Sole and Fastnet.
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 20:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selene Prahm: 3.9 knots, heading west. But soon she'll turn north to pass Lands End - but that will put big seas on her port quarter, which could be a bit rock'n'roll tonight...
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 21:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, Selene Prahm made the turn, and is now heading north. I don't know how accurate the wind info is on MarineTraffic, but she seemed to be in an area of 33 knots winds at the time. In heavy seas, she needed to pick her moment for the turn quite carefully, or a big sea might overwhelm her. The other problem is the complicated tides through the rocks off Lands End, and we're on spring tides now.

But she likes this course better, and her speed is up to 6.6 knots!

(Now, after an AIS refresh, 6.2 knots.)
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 21:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still doing 6.2 knots, Selene Prahm comes abeam of Lands End. That was a long haul, but she seems more comfortable now, and the wind is below 30 knots (for a while...).
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Still doing 6.2 knots, Selene Prahm comes abeam of Lands End. That was a long haul, but she seems more comfortable now, and the wind is below 30 knots (for a while...).
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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 23:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selene Prahm is doing 7 knots northwards, about 9 NM NW of Cape Cornwall. Wind is now under 30 knots over a wide area.

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