April 19 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Hirst and Matt Stott
Thursday, December 5, 2013
An experienced Suffolk fisherman has warned it would be “completely idiotic” to brave the seas today amid fears over the worst storm for 30 years.
Richard Marsdon, a former chairman of Aldeburgh Fisherman’s Association, made the remarks following today’s news that 28 severe flood alerts – the most severe – have been issued for the region by the Environment Agency.
It comes amid warnings over storm surges – an offshore rise of water linked to a low pressure weather system. Storm surges are caused primarily by high winds pushing on the sea’s surface.
Mr Marsdon said: “The problem with the situation is that we are warned but we do not really know how severe it is going to be.
“(But) fishermen watch the forecast very very closely, and they would be completely idiotic to go out in it.
“There was not a problem in 2007 when we had that last major surge; they will all be hunkering down and well out of harms way.”
Speaking of the last severe storms in 2007, he said: “The fishermen just haul their boars right out of the sea and there was no problem.
“They are beach-launched so no one launches them in the teeth of the storm – the limiting factor is the ability to launch them.”
Meanwhile, Jacki McNeill, editor of the Aldeburgh Gazette, said Suffolk is “teetering on the brink” of a fierce storm.
“I just feel that we are teetering on the brink, because from the way the wind is now I think it is going to be quite serious later on,” she said.
“I think what’s quite significant is we were up and about early this morning and the wind is already stronger than it was then.
“From what’s being said Suffolk Coastal are taking it quite seriously.”