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PostPosted: 22-02-2014 10:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've neglected this thread for the last few days because I've been rather poorly. But now it seems I might yet live another year or two, it's time to catch up, which is what a lot of fishermen have been doing recently - and Newlyn fish market had bumper supplies of many species on offer on Friday.

But will it last? Time to check the Weather Forecast:

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Faeroes 968 expected Norwegian Sea 979 by midnight tonight. New low expected 200 miles west of Rockall 965 by same time

Issued 22 February 04:05 UTC

There are gale warnings down the North Sea as far as Fisher, and again in the west from Portland around to Fair Isle (excluding Bailey).

But nothing worse than force 8 in the North Sea, while in the west Fitzroy and Sole offer "Southwest 5 to 7, backing south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later." Lundy around to Malin all mention Force 9.
as does SE Iceland.

Full details:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/shipping_forecast

This will cramp the style of many SW fishermen - smaller boats may prefer to stay in port.

In Falmouth Bay the wind is only W'ly 14 knots, but there are no FVs showing. Zooming out, there are 13 UK FVs between Lands End and Plymouth, and just one Frenchie. The winds gradually freshen to SW 21 knots to the west, but that's well beyond Scilly, so most of those at sea now can expect a few more hours of decent fishing.

Good luck lads!
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PostPosted: 22-02-2014 21:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warning after shipping containers go overboard off Land's End
7:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Shipping containers that went overboard from a cargo ship 75 miles off Land's End have sparked a warning from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
The containers were lost from a Maersk cargo ship as it crossed the northern stretches of the Bay of Biscay in stormy conditions.

Most of the containers were empty and are believed to have sunk in French waters, 75 nautical miles south west of Lands End. The MCA's aerial surveillance aircraft has been searching UK waters, and ships passing through the English Channel have been warned and asked to report any sightings.

A MCA spokesman said that three containers have been reported so far, one of which is off Start Point, Devon and the other two in mid-Channel.
Adding: "The MCA is working closely with Maersk to ensure they recover the containers, which are their property.
"The situation is being closely monitored and further searches involving the MCA's surveillance aircraft are likely to be carried out over the weekend.

"Should any members of the public spot any containers, they should call 999 straight away and ask for the Coastguard."

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11029057.Warning_after_shipping_containers_go_overboard_off_Land_s_End/?ref=mr
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PostPosted: 22-02-2014 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucky escape as digger topples over

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11027813.Lucky_escape_as_digger_topples_over_on_Penryn_quay__PICTURES/?ref=mry

Pesky FP! Ignore the headline, and the caption to the third photo, to understand what happened, where...
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 09:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies for the lack of the Lone CG service - this was caused by a combination of illness and technical problems. Normal service will be resumed ASAP.

But the thread is not locked - if you come across a suitable story for here, then feel free to post it. Smile
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 15:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were sunk without you.

Welcome back Captain Haddock.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 19:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK storms: World War One wreck revealed on beach

The wreck of a German ship which sank during World War One has been revealed after storms washed away sand on a Cornish beach.
The 60ft (18m) SV Carl sank at Booby's Bay near Trevose Head in 1917.

It is thought that the ship was impounded in Cardiff at the start of the war in 1914 and was being towed to London to be broken up for scrap.
However, it broke its lines and was washed ashore, with only small sections visible at low tide until now.

Crispin Sadler, a film maker who specialises in making documentaries about shipwrecks, said following a visit to the site: "Bits and pieces have been visible in the past, but it has never been revealed to this extent.
"You can see the mast, the bollards and bits of superstructure which you could never see before, it's amazingly well preserved because it was under the sand."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26352355

With several pics.
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PostPosted: 27-02-2014 00:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some late night activity for the Falmouth LB:
She left station at about 2202, went up to near Portscatho, spent about an hour searching about just south of there, and is now returning to port.

Wind 26 knots SW, and pouring rain. Not a nice night to be out.

(I was surprised to catch this, as my computer's been off the internet since 1620, when it was still dry!)

0005: LB returned to station. I guess that wasn't an exercise, but we may have to wait for more info.
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PostPosted: 27-02-2014 00:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aftermath of the storms still wreaks havoc:

Village split in two as storm damaged sea wall collapses
4:00pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

A large part of the sea wall and footpath has now collapsed in Coverack, as the village continues to remain “split in two.”

West Cornwall MP Andrew George spoke with parish councillors on Saturday, following a casework surgery in St Keverne that morning.
Mr George met council chairman Roger Combe, together with councillors Robert Beadle and Sarah Lyne, and parish clerk Grace Hatton. He also met village shopkeeper Angie Richards of Brenda’s, hoteliers Rick and Janet House of the Bay Hotel and other business owners and residents. It is after the damage caused by the recent storms, which left a large gaping hole in the sea wall.

Despite Cornwall Council plugging it with sandbags and beginning repairs, the road-level wall and footpath above gave up on Friday and crumbled down onto the beach – taking with it protective railings and granite quoins.

Mr George said: “Coverack is now split in two – as far as vehicular access is concerned – and this will have an impact on the ability of emergency services to get to properties at the south of the village. It is important that Cornwall Council is given all the necessary assistance in reinstating and strengthening the sea wall at Coverack.”

Before the further collapse Cornwall Council had estimated that it would take at least two months to repair the wall and make the road useable again. It is not known how long the latest damage will add to the road closure. However, while the road is impassable, visitors can continue to park in the two car parks at the entrance to the village and walk the rest of the way through the village. The harbour end can be reached via the back way into the village, past the school, with diversion in place from Zoar Garage.

Mr George has also visited other areas affected by the stormy weather, including Porthleven, Mullion and Penzance, and has vowed to step up his efforts in getting government help over the “mammoth job” faced by Cornwall Council to reinstate coastal defences.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11038302.Village_split_in_two_as_storm_damaged_sea_wall_collapses/?ref=mr
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Pendeen girl flown to hospital after falling from cliff
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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A 15 year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling off a cliff at Pendeen.
Paramedics and the cliff rescue team from St Ives were called to the scene and the girl was eventually winched up to a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in an operation that took over two hours.
The 15 year-old suffered serious pelvic injuries and was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth this evening.

A spokesperson from Falmouth coastguard said the alarm was raised shortly before 4.30pm.
“The young girl, who is from Pendeen, was climbing the cliff with a group of her friends when the accident happened.
“Her friends were not injured, but were very shaken by what had happened.
“The casualty was put on a stretcher by paramedics and was winched up to the rescue helicopter.

“The girl’s mother was by now on the scene at the top of the cliff, and she accompanied her daughter to hospital in the helicopter,’’ he said.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Pendeen-girl-flown-hospital-falling-cliff/story-20709723-detail/story.html#axzz2uThsOFfV
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PostPosted: 27-02-2014 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, welcome back Rynner. Hope those extra years turn into many.

As someone who tries to split their time between land locked Oxford and the South coast of Cornwall, I do weirdly enjoy your reports when I'm stuck in Middle England.
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 08:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

An early call for the Falmouth LB today. She seems to have been searching the Penryn river from 0452 to 0635. (HW 0709 - was this just an early morning exercise? On the other hand, if someone gets in trouble up there, it's more likely to be on a rising tide. They'd probably have used the inshore boat as well.) More when I get it...

0857: Nothing in local news so far...
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A lifeboat from Tenby, south Wales, is just arriving at Falmouth. Presumably she's on passage to Poole for refit or replacement, etc.
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 15:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also an unnamed grey ghost off Clovelly, in Bideford bay. This one does show a track, however, from 2352 yesterday, when she was between Lundy and Hartland point. Posiibly she's surveying - her speed was rarely above 5 knots, mostly well below.
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 18:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to be an early view of a new Irish patrol craft, the Samuel Beckett, in Bideford at the shipyard. MT only has two photos of her:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/of/ships/photo_keywords:9614660/ship_name:BABCOCK%20APPLEDORE%20AS194

According to Wiki, it's due for launch this month:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babcock_Marine_OPV

It was actually launched from the shipyard on Sunday evening.
http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/photos_irish_vessel_launched_from_appledore_shipyard_1_2963114
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 19:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all happening in Bideford Bay!

LB 16-16 is returning to Appledore from exercise in the bay. The wind is light NE'ly, so the infamous Appledore bar offers no dangers tonight. HW is 2003. Appledore is only accessible at half-tide or above.
http://rnli.org/findmynearest/station/Pages/Appledore-Lifeboat-Station.aspx
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