Danger boat wrecks abandoned in Exe Estuary prompt warning from harbourmaster

A trio of dangerous boat wrecks were cleared from the Exe Estuary in a single day this week. 

Harbour patrollers are working to rid the waterway of the hazardous and potentially environmentally-damaging old vessels.

And a plea has been issued for boat owners not to abandon them in the estuary.

Three of the crumbling vessels were removed from the waterway on Tuesday.

Harbourmaster Grahame Forshaw said: “As with other harbours across the country, we have an issue with abandoned boats.

Boat wrecks cleared from the Exe Estuary. Pictures: Exeter City Council

Boat wrecks cleared from the Exe Estuary. Pictures: Exeter City Council

“Unfortunately people strip the boats of all identification and leave them either on other people’s moorings or on the foreshore.

“The [Exeter city] council is calling on people to dispose of their vessels responsibly. Abandoned boats can be a hazard to navigation, often sinking below the water level.

“Left to deteriorate, they break up and pollute the surrounding area for years to come, damaging wildlife and presenting a danger to shipping.

“Disposing of them is time consuming and expensive for the council.”

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