Published: February 24, 2011
Safety fears raised over lack of buoys around Berrow Wreck

Stormy sea conditions over the winter have washed away the buoys that usually surround Berrow’s famous beach wreck, prompting safety concerns.

Six buoys have marked the location of the wooden hull of the SS Nornen, which pokes out from the lower beach near Berrow Church.

However, the absence of the markers means water users, such as fishing boats and jet skiers, could accidentally hit the wreck when it is submerged.

Pete Nicholson, Chairman of Burnham Water Users Forum, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We'd like to see the buoys re-introduced as soon as possible. There is a small risk that a water user, such as a jet skier, could hit the wreck."

Sedgemoor District Council’s Richard Dunn told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We originally had six buoys in place around the wreck, however a safety review has taken place and the number is being reduced. We're hoping to get the wreck marked again as soon as possible."

Burnham-On-Sea.com understands that just one buoy is likely to mark the wreck in future following the recent consultation exercise.

Pictured above is Berrow's beach wreck before recent winter storms washed away the last remaining buoys

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The history of Berrow's SS Nornen ship wreck

 


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