|Dear Miss Mermaid,
I had a wander along the beach at Worthing the other day and noticed
this "Green Bottle" lying amongst the shingle - with a message inside.
It was from you and said you were looking for some "spare" timber to
build an extension to your recently acquired accomodation.
Just by chance...
The "Ice Prince" had deposited a few thousand tons of it a few days earlier and most of it was on Worthing beach.
Have sent you a few photo's - obviously the crow has chosen his bit (he
sat there for half an hour or more much to the amusement of the crowds)
I found a nice plank for you (as per picture) and sent it on it's way
by "sea post" - should reach you in a few months - tides permitting.
They were lucky - all the crew were rescued by helicopter &
lifeboat - the boat sank a couple of days later releasing all the
timber into the Englih Channel. There was a fierce storm in the channel
which resulted in 99% of the timber being deposited along a 25 mile
stretch of beach (a few pieces still floating in the sea) - the
majority at Worthing - which has seen a massive "out of season" tourist
boom. Kept the news and TV crews busy for days.
The "White van" boys descended to Worthing in droves but...
most of the timber was smashed up and the councils closed the many of
affected beaches - so the majority went home empty handed (unlike the
Napoli) Looks lilke the timber (all pine) will be taken away and pulped
as it won't be fit for building / DIY.
PS : Happy new year
Shipwreck timber littering coast
Beaches along the
south coast of England will remain closed indefinitely to prevent looters taking
away more than 2,000 tonnes of washed-up timber.
The wood, several feet deep on the tide line, is from the Greek-registered
Ice Prince which sank about 26 miles (42km) off Dorset after a storm last
Beaches along the Sussex coast from Ferring as far east as Hastings have been
littered with the timber.
Dover Coastguard said it was likely more would wash up on Kent's beaches.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) said its beaches, which were the worst
affected, would be out of bounds to the public for the foreseeable future.
The salvage operation is being carried out by contractors authorised by the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
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