Yacht­beachedand bro­kenupin­storm

June 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

A 23-foot sail­ing yacht was beached and bro­ken up by the Force 7 north-east­erly gales which pounded the Wick­low coast­line on Tues­day.

And in the late af­ter­noon, and run­ning into the evening, a res­cue op­er­a­tion had to be mounted for a num­ber of other craft which looked to be in dan­ger of suf­fer­e­ing the same fate.

Which proves, ac­cord­ing to the con­sor­tium be­hind the Wick­low River Moor­ings pro­pos­als, that there is a need for a pon­toon for plea­sure craft in the town.

The boat, which was worth £6,000, be­longed to Fred Roun­tree, of New­cas­tle, and his brother, Alan, from Ash­ford, who said that Tues­day’s events il­lus­trated the sort of dan­gers faced by sailors in Wick­low.

‘Boats were told they had to get out of the river, be­cause there were ships com­ing into it, but there was a north-east­erly gale fore­cast, and the boats had nowhere to go,’ said Alan, who is one of the Wick­low River Moor­ings con­sor­tium, whose pro­posal to pro­vide a pon­toon was re­jected by the Wick­low Har­bour Com­mis­sion­ers.

Fred Roun­tree’s and a num­ber of other boats had been brought out and an­chored on moor­ings, in or­der to al­low three com­mer­cial ships gain en­try to the port.

Af­ter his boat was wrecked, a num­ber of peo­ple had to take to the sea to try and tow the other craft to shel­ter.

But shel­ter is a rare com­mod­ity when com­mer­cial ships need to berth at Wick­low, ac­cord­ing to Alan, who said that the sit­u­a­tion is ex­ac­er­beted when the winds are com­ing from the north-east, which they have been do­ing with great fre­quency so far this sum­mer.

‘ The boats are safe if the winds are com­ing from any­where but the north-east,’ said Alan.

Two of the com­mer­cial ships were ad­mit­ted to the port on Tues­day, and a third re­mained an­chored at sea to await ad­mis­sion at 6 a.m. on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Wick­low River Moor­ings’ pro­posal was to pro­vide a pon­toon which would pro­vide berthing space for 20 craft.

‘We were try­ing to use a bit of space at the bridge where there’s noth­ing. We wanted it to cater for even­tu­al­i­ties such as this, where boats could get out of the way,’ he said.

Some of the boats endangered by Tues­day’s storm were towed to the east pier, but Alan in­di­cated that there was no guar­an­tee they would be safe at that lo­ca­tion. A crane was used to lift Fred Rown­tree’s wrecked boat off the beach.

He added that those who went out to res­cue the endangered craft on the stormy seas had been in dan­ger of los­ing their lives.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.