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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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About a buoy: Float damages beach home

AN EIGHT-FOOT buoy smashed into a man’s beach home causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Raymond Agnew was “devastated” when he returned to his Braystones home from a family holiday at the weekend to find the large sea buoy on his car port. It had crashed into a concrete wall, veranda and garage, damaging electrical appliances and other items stored inside.

The 65-year-old said: “It’s going to cost thousands of pounds to repair and it will take months to sort it. We’re devastated.

“We always used to have the curtains open but now we’re keeping the blinds shut because it’s just so bad. We can’t face looking out and seeing all the damage.”

But mystery surrounds who owns the offending buoy that caused the damage.

Mr Agnew said he contacted the coastguard before he went on holiday on December 22 to report the buoy had washed up on the beach. Discussions took place and they were told United Utilities owned it.

Mr Agnew said while he and his wife, Josephine, were away with their son Paul and grandson Keir, a neighbour contacted the water company on numerous occasions to report the washed-up float.

After returning home from his holiday, he again contacted United Utilities and was told by staff that they cannot confirm the buoy belongs to the company.

Mr Agnew said: “My concern is that the buoy was obviously marking something in the sea and it hasn’t been there for almost three weeks. I don’t know what it was meant to be marking but I wouldn’t want anyone to get into danger because it’s missing.”

Mr Agnew said: “If someone had come out two and a half weeks ago to secure it or had taken it away altogether, then the damage to my home would not have happened.”

Mr Agnew is in touch with his insurance company about the damage.

Have your say

Doesnt this mark the end of the sellafield pipeline go to Seascale boat club they will tell you who's it is

Posted by bugs on 15 January 2014 at 19:39

contact admirality house the look after all the bouyage and navigation aid throuout the british coast line

Posted by mic horton on 10 January 2014 at 13:05

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