Coastguard teams mobilise after high tides cause storms to break through coastal defences

Falmouth and Brixham Coastguard have been coordinating a large number of incidents resulting from the stormy weather along the South West coast of England. Sea defences have been breached causing flooding in many areas.

Falmouth Coastguard deployed seven Coastguard Rescue teams to affected areas and they have been working with the other emergency services to deal with flood problems including closing off flooded coastal roads.

Coastguard Rescue teams from Falmouth, Portleven, Porthoustock and Penzance have been helping to keep people away from flooded harbour areas and washed out roads. St Marys Coastguard Rescue team in the Scilly Isles have been out with the other emergency services sandbagging the harbour area.

Brixham Coastguard have nine Coastguard Rescue Teams out on the Devon coast with a large number of incidents related to flooding. Coastguard Teams involved are St Austell, Looe, Plymouth, Tamar, Mevagissey, Dartmouth, Berry Head, Torbay and Teignmouth as well as the Torbay, Foy and Teignmouth lifeboats.

High tide was at around 1900 on Wednesday 27th and combined with strong winds and rough seas caused many problems last night.

Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager Mick Quin said:

“The Coastguard and other emergency services have been involved in the response to the flooding and storm damage tonight. Thankfully so far, most people are heeding the warnings to stay away and no injuries have been reported but the severe weather forecast continues for the next 12 hours with high tide in Falmouth tomorrow morning around 6am and in Brixham at 7.30 am so all the warnings remain in place.”