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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Men forced to abandon sinking boat in Cumbrian harbour

Two men were forced to abandon their sinking boat in Whitehaven harbour.

Whitehaven sinking boat photo
Ropes keep the boat from drifting away

The pair, who are believed to be from Manchester, took the boat out of the harbour to do repairs.

However, by 1am on Sunday the vessel was taking on too much water and they had to evacuate it and climb ashore.

The boat was abandoned close to the Sea Cadets building, near New Quay and West Strand, just outside the Whitehaven harbour walls.

Simone Morgan, Whitehaven Marina manager, said: “No mayday call was placed by the men onboard prior to them leaving the boat.”

One of the men suffered mild hypothermia, but he is not believed to have needed medical attention.

“It was dangerously moored up and we have since been out to secure the vessel,” Simone added.

The keel of the boat is now buried in the sand.

The Environment Agency and the Whitehaven Harbour Commission have since been contacted, because anything outside the harbour walls is not within the jurisdiction of Whitehaven Marina, and the sunken boat could present an environmental risk.

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