January 25, 2005
Ship runs aground on Stert Island sandbank near Burnham


A ship ran aground on a sandbank near Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea, soon after 11am on Tuesday (January 25).

Walkers along the seafront watched as the ship – measuring approximately 20 metres in length – came to rest on a bank of sand in the shallow channel to the west of Stert, approximately two miles from Burnham.

A Swansea Coastguard spokeswoman said the ship had “slightly misjudged the tide,” and added that the crew had not been in any danger.

It is understood that the ship was laying a new buoy at the time.

The vessel was able to continue on its way later in the afternoon when the incoming tide set it afloat.

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