Beer fisherman experiences storm woe

12:00 22 February 2014

Devastated: Brian Sanderson.

Devastated: Brian Sanderson.

Archant

A Beer fisherman has told of his sorrow after severe storms smashed up his beach-based business in Seaton – causing more than £5,000 worth of damage in the process.

All that remains of Brian's landing stage is a mangled mess.All that remains of Brian's landing stage is a mangled mess.

Brian Sanderson, of Park Road, said he is mourning his livelihood after his concession on the seafront was lifted and ripped apart by the gale force winds.

The 70-year-old, who has lived in Seaton and Beer for more than 30 years, took people out on mackerel fishing trips and tours before the weather hit.

Brian said: “I’ve been on the water for 25 years and they were definitely the worst storms Devon has had to endure for as long as I can remember.

“The other locals were saying they have not seen anything like it.”

The storms destroyed Brian’s winch and landing stage in Fisherman’s Gap in Seaton, leaving them both far too damaged to repair.

He has since visited his site to try and salvage anything from the wreckage.

Brian said: “The winch was bolted to a concrete slab some 12 inches thick.

“At the height of the storms, I went to see how the equipment was faring. The slab was nowhere to be seen and the winch was smashed to bits.

“I couldn’t get in on the site because the council had locked the gates.”

Brian’s landing stage was also uprooted and was left only recognisable as a tangled mess of debris.

“It looked like someone had folded it in half,” Brian said.

“I’m devastated. I now have to look to the future and try and put myself back into business. I can not afford to replace the parts, so I am hoping I can borrow them for the time being.”

Beach huts on the Branscombe coastline also bore the brunt of the hazardous weather.

One hut owner said: “Branscombe Beach is a scene of quite some devastation. Several of the chalets are now impossible to save, and the roadway serving all those to the west of Branscombe Mouth is completely gone.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

06:41
Woolbrook News. Ref shs 6180-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Part of a Sidmouth newsagents could be transformed into a community hub featuring a café as well as space for cookery workshops and life skills training.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:09
Elections take place on May 7

East Devon’s election chief has apologised after an error was identified in the postal voting papers sent out to some electors.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:31
The smaller of the two new minor injuries rooms. Ref shs 7706-40-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Health bosses announced this week that talks to decide the future of community hospitals in East Devon will be temporarily suspended.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:19
Large barrel jellyfish washed up on the beach at Sidmouth,

This large barerel jellyfish caught the attention of passers-by when it washed up on Sidmouth beach yesterday (Sunday).

Read more
Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Ref shs 3264-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Tireless fundraisers this week launched a bid to create a £400,000 dementia centre at Sidmouth Victoria Hospital.

Read more
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Pete Lowres

Devon Freewheeler volunteer Pete Lowres, 46, knows every penny that drops into the charity’s collection pots is vital to continue its lifeline work.

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Devon Freewheelers operates daily ‘hand-to-mouth’, never knowing where its next penny will come from.

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
Exeter Crown Court.

An alleged professional criminal funded a jet-setting lifestyle by masterminding burglaries across Devon, including in Ottery St Mary and Beer, it was claimed at Exter Crown Court.

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
The health watch has already seen success in several communities including Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone and Newton St Cyres.

A recent decision which saw Sidmouth miss out on the chance to trial a pioneering support scheme was down to a lack of necessity for the project - not a lack of interest.

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder