Girl guides amazed to discover wreckage on Northumberland beach

Trips to the beach will now have a lot to live up to for Embleton Guides after their first post-lockdown excursion saw them find the wreckage of a boat.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 11:14 am

The remains of the vessel were found poking through the sand at Embleton Bay on Thursday night and reported to Howick Coastguard Rescue Team.

Claire Woods, one of the leaders at 1st Embleton Guides, said: “It was our first face-to-face meeting having been stuck indoors for such a long time so to find something like this was quite amazing.

"We saw this huge pile of mangled metal and, to be honest, my first concern was how dangerous it looked. From a leader’s point of view, I didn’t want the girls next to it because there were lots of protruding spikes and jagged edges.

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The wreckage found at Embleton Bay.

"I told my fiance, who is Coastguard station officer, and took some pictures of it because I was concerned that if it was covered by a bit more water or sand it could really hurt someone.

"It will be interesting to hear if we can find out more about it,” added Claire. "I think the guides themselves just saw it as a piece of mangled metal but we were trying to get them to think a little bit about what it could be and what might have happened to it.”

Humber Coastguard was informed and it notified The Receiver of Wrecks, which deals with cases of voluntary salvage wreck material. The team processes incoming reports of wreck which involves researching ownership of wreck material, working with the finder and owner and working with other interested parties, such as archaeologists and museums.

Howick Coastguard, posting on Facebook, stated: ‘The Receiver of Wrecks requested more information and images of the wreckage so two of Howick Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to attend and to gather the information required.

Parts of the wreckage poking through the sand.

‘Although removal is being arranged please be aware if you are visiting Embleton Bay that the wreckage may be covered at high water and could cause injury if stood on. Take extra care if you are paddling in this area.’

The What 3 Words location of the wreck is roost.battle.sulk. and the OS Grid reference is NU244 228.

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