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Grounded vessel safely back on the water

2 July 2024

A fuel spillage has been averted and a fishing vessel has now been refloated after becoming grounded near Salcombe.

Salcombe Harbour Authority, with support from South Hams District Council, reacted quickly to help the Emma Jane after she got stuck in mud as she approached the fish quay at 5 a.m. this morning (2 July).

Despite efforts to tow the vessel, she remained grounded and there were fears that as the tide went out, she could roll over and spill fuel. Emergency measures were put into place to protect the environment and so there could be a speedy response if the situation changed.

Salcombe Harbour Master, Cameron Sims-Stirling, said: “The Emma Jane is now safely on her berth and all the crew are safe. We are really pleased that she floated free as the tide came in and that a pollution spill was avoided.

“I’d like to thank vessels for avoiding the grounded area during this time and all those involved for acting so quickly and efficiently to reduce the potential risks.”

Posted in SHDC.