Severn Sands owner gives up rights to boat
THE owner of an abandoned boat that caused major panic when it re-floated on high tides last week has decided to give up his rights to the vessel. A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that discussions about what to do with the
THE owner of an abandoned boat that caused major panic when it re-floated on high tides last week has decided to give up his rights to the vessel.
A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that discussions about what to do with the Severn Sands, currently beached alongside the Tarka Trail near Ashford, could now get underway.
The MCA's head of communications, Maggie Hill said that the boat would be moved to an as yet unknown site, where it would be decontaminated and broken up.
She said: "Following talks with owner of the 'Severn Sands', the owner has decided to give up his rights in order that the authorities, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; Environment Agency; Devon County Council; and North Devon Council along, with other interested parties, can now enter into negotiations with contractors to prepare to move the vessel to an agreed site so that the vessel can be de-polluted and disposed off."
You may also want to watch:
The 500-tonne dredger, understood to contain tyres, diesel, oil and drums of unknown chemicals, has been subject of on-going discussions between the local authorities and the MCA since slipping its original moorings at Fremington Quay in March 2007.
Last Friday, the boat, described as a floating "environmental time bomb", drifted perilously close to houseboats and there were fears it could collide with Barnstaple's downstream bridge.
- 1 Devon's Tiki surf brand is up for sale
- 2 I'm Still Standing: Ambulance worker's battle against the darkness
- 3 Barnstaple's The ilab launches iPad appeal to help lockdown home schoolers
- 4 Northam murder suspect remanded in custody
- 5 Tributes to Ilfracombe's 30-year school governor
- 6 'Bonkers' idea led to the creation of Children's Hospice South West
- 7 Three more Covid deaths at North Devon District Hospital but cases are falling
- 8 Council and police step up Covid enforcement in North Devon
- 9 Roger McGough unveiled as Plough Poetry Prize judge
- 10 Man charged with murder of Northam pensioner