Whirl­wind wreaks havoc at Cor­rie’s Sand­stone Quay

‘It was over in sec­onds but to see those boats be­ing moved as if they weighed noth­ing was scary’

The Arran Banner - - Front Page - Colin Smee­ton ed­i­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

A pow­er­ful whirl­wind wreaked havoc in Cor­rie when a lo­calised vor­tex of wind picked up boats and trail­ers at Sand­stone Quay and tossed them more than 100 feet from the har­bour.

Nine boats, some with solid metal trail­ers, were the ca­su­al­ties of the dev­as­tat­ing gust which re­duced some boats to splin­ters and sent oth­ers crash­ing through a fence and onto the main coast road.

The only two eye­wit­nesses, Sarah and Robert Blair, who live op­po­site the quay, wit­nessed the event at exactly 3.12pm last Fri­day. They de­scribe see­ing the boats be­ing thrown 30 foot up into the air and dumped over the road and nearby play­park.

Sarah said: ‘It was over in sec­onds but to see those boats be­ing moved as if they weighed noth­ing was scary. Thank good­ness no one was cy­cling along or walk­ing through the play­park.’ Robert, who also wit­nessed the event, said it last­ing for only 10 sec­onds, adding: ‘Po­lice Scot­land were quickly at the scene as was the Ar­ran Coast­guard res­cue team.’

Later in the day a spin­drift was also wit­nessed off the coast by lo­cal weather­man Glen Sloss. Hav­ing heard the eye­wit­ness re­ports of the whirl­wind com­ing from the trees to the sea, he de­scribed the winds as mov-

ing from west to east, go­ing against the pre­vail­ing winds. He also re­ported a top gust at his weather sta­tion at San­nox as only hav­ing recorded a max­i­mum wind speed of 60 miles per hour.

Fol­low­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary event, Cor­rie res­i­dents and emer­gency crews rapidly cleared the road and re­turned what could be sal­vaged of the ves­sels to the quay.

Some of the ves­sels were thrown more than 100 feet, land­ing fur­ther down the coast .

Cor­rie res­i­dents rapidly sprang into ac­tion and cleared the road of de­bris and re­turned the boats to the Quay.

Boats, trail­ers and parts of a fence were strewn across the main road in Cor­rie.

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