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Interesting boat on the Ouse

On 25 Oct 2015 at 6:21pm Captain pugwash wrote:
Has anyone seen the houseboat on the Ouse today (near the gateway to Lewes house)? Apparently it was being looked over by the coastguard this morning. Very interesting.

On 25 Oct 2015 at 8:33pm Country Boy wrote:
Yes, I saw it, but from the opposite bank. Any idea when it arrived? It wasn't there last week.
On 26 Oct 2015 at 2:37pm Horseman7 wrote:
From the Sussex Express website:
"Newhaven’s rescue teams were launched in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 25) after a houseboat got into difficulties on the River Ouse.
The owner of the houseboat had planned to tow the vessel to Lewes but due to failing light and the craft making a slower pace than planned, he decided to stop approximately halfway and anchor the vessel.
As the tide started going out, the anchor started dragging and the vessel started moving south down the River Ouse.
The alarm was raised and HM Coastguards attended the scene. Upon arrival, it was established the single occupant aboard was okay and had managed to tie the vessel to a post.
While climbing over a stile on the top of the river bank, one of the coastguard team landed badly and injured his ankle.
Some of the lifeboat crew at the station were tasked to proceed to the location and an ambulance was called.
As the occupant on the houseboat was safe and secure at this time, the inflatable Y-Boat took coastguard team members across the river to help their injured colleague.
The Y-Boat then proceeded back to Southease Bridge to collect blankets and a stretcher, and then stood by until paramedics arrived. The injured person was then walked one mile to a waiting ambulance.
The Y-Boat then proceeded up river to the houseboat, where the decision was made to assist the vessel all the way to Lewes to avoid it getting into further difficulties.
By this time, the tide was flooding and the vessel was safely towed to Lewes by the inflatable Y-Boat, where it was handed over to waiting HM Coastguard teams.
The lifeboat return to station almost nine hours later at 09:40am and was ready for service shortly afterwards.
Newhaven Coastguard Team thanked Newhaven Lifeboat crew for an outstanding job."
On 26 Oct 2015 at 3:13pm Captain pugwash wrote:
Thank you Horseman7. It's a fasinatining looking boat with a lot of workmanship gone into it. Nice to see as you come in through the Lewes Gateway. More pleasing on the eye than some.
On 26 Oct 2015 at 7:47pm Sussex Jim wrote:
So: what is the total cost in rescuing this unriverworthy craft- and will the Coastguards be claiming salvage?
On 27 Oct 2015 at 1:03pm captain pugwash wrote:
Have you seen the boat? A great piece of workmanship. Just because it got into difficulties don't go assuming it should never have been in the water. We all have bad days Sussex Jim.
On 27 Oct 2015 at 11:45pm Lewes gin palace wrote:
I think this looks great. Congratulations whose ever it is. Finally adding something of value to the inconceived moorings and their sunken tenants. Take no notice of the lewes forum misery, welcome to Lewes.
On 28 Oct 2015 at 8:03am Vindex wrote:
We looked at it yesterday. Looks great to me,quite jealous. There was a berth for sale along there for £14K I think. Very noisy spot though.
On 28 Oct 2015 at 9:20am Belladonna wrote:
I've always wondered why houseboats can't moor at Lewes. I hope this is the start of a trend and we get a few more.
On 30 Oct 2015 at 7:27am Confused wrote:
Isn't Lewes House halfway up School Hill/High Street - how then is there a gate on the river?

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