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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Waves smash hole in Bucks Mills slipway

PUBLISHED: 10:18 03 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 February 2014

The damage to the slipway at Bucks Mills. Pic: Hannah Mault.

The damage to the slipway at Bucks Mills. Pic: Hannah Mault.

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Historic hamlet battered by waves as residents appeal for authorities to take immediate action to repair damage.

The Bucks Mills slipway before (left) and after the storm. Pic: Hannah Mault. The Bucks Mills slipway before (left) and after the storm. Pic: Hannah Mault.

HUGE waves have blown a large hole in the slipway of a historic North Devon hamlet.

Most of the slipway at Bucks Mills has now disappeared and a four metre hole has appeared at the top of it.

Bucks Mills residents Carole and Mark Fellows said: “The sea wall is a major part of the sea defences on this historic coast and fears are that unless urgent action is taken the hamlet itself will be subject to landslips and significant property damage.

“A small hole in the wall has been gradually getting larger, sections of the top walling had been repaired after the previous storm, but the gap on the seaward side was ignored.

The huge hole in the slipway, captured by David Shaw. The huge hole in the slipway, captured by David Shaw.

“On Saturday night the huge waves and pressure shocks took full advantage of this and anyone standing on top of the quay would have been killed.”

Mr and Mrs Fellows said the village was now urging the authorities to take immediate action, with local builders and volunteers coming forward to help save the quay.

Leonard Hill, from Bideford, told the Gazette he and his wife often visited Bucks Mills to walk there and was amazed at the damage.

“There is a shingle beach which has formed which has never been there before,” he said.

“I also could not believe there were surfers balancing on the half-inch ledge left of the slipway with surfboards. It is perilous.”

It is understood representatives from Torridge District Council will be visiting the hamlet to assess the damage today (Mon).

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