Van ploughs into canal

Credit: Shoreham Coastguard

Credit: Shoreham Coastguard

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A van ploughed into a canal in Southwick at around 2.20 this morning (Saturday).

Police, fire and rescue and the coastguard were called to reports a vehicle was submerged in more than five feet of water off the Lady Bee industrial estate in Albion Street.

The driver of the van - a white Vauxhall Astra - was not found.

A coastguard crew member told The Argus he believed the van had earlier been stolen from Southwick railway station. He added it was later pushed into the canal and abandoned.

He said: "There was no sign of life. We double checked the area to make sure no one was in the water or in the van."

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: "A member of public called to say there was a van in the canal. When we turned up there was nobody in there."

A spokesman from West Sussex Fire and Rescue service said: "The doors and windows were shut and the coastguard was also called out. We took no action."

Shoreham Coastguard tweeted: "Water rescue swimmer deployed from team, luckily no persons inside. Area search completed, nothing found."

Did you see what happened or do you have pictures? E-mail ben.leo@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544 525

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10:08am Sat 10 May 14

Hove Actually says...

Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal?
Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow
Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal? Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow Hove Actually
  • Score: 7

10:49am Sat 10 May 14

Patsyr says...

I had to read this article as having lived in Brighton all my life I have never visited the canal.
I was disappointed to see that it was Shoreham Harbour the writer was reporting on. How inaccurate.
I had to read this article as having lived in Brighton all my life I have never visited the canal. I was disappointed to see that it was Shoreham Harbour the writer was reporting on. How inaccurate. Patsyr
  • Score: 9

10:56am Sat 10 May 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal?
Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow
The Eastern Arm of Shoreham Harbour has been locally known as "The Canal" throughout the 70 years of my life and was also so referred to as such by members of my parents' generation. I think it stems from the idea that a canal was planned from Shoreham to London but the only part completed was the improvement of the Eastern Arm which is the old river bed when the mouth or the Adur was near the King Alfred.Adur
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal? Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow[/p][/quote]The Eastern Arm of Shoreham Harbour has been locally known as "The Canal" throughout the 70 years of my life and was also so referred to as such by members of my parents' generation. I think it stems from the idea that a canal was planned from Shoreham to London but the only part completed was the improvement of the Eastern Arm which is the old river bed when the mouth or the Adur was near the King Alfred.Adur ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: 22

11:00am Sat 10 May 14

Evergreen71 says...

Patsyr wrote:
I had to read this article as having lived in Brighton all my life I have never visited the canal.
I was disappointed to see that it was Shoreham Harbour the writer was reporting on. How inaccurate.
looks like you haven't lived here long enough then... maybe you should pay the canal a visit?

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[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: I had to read this article as having lived in Brighton all my life I have never visited the canal. I was disappointed to see that it was Shoreham Harbour the writer was reporting on. How inaccurate.[/p][/quote]looks like you haven't lived here long enough then... maybe you should pay the canal a visit? http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Southwick_S hip_Canal http://www.shorehamb ysea.com/shoreham-hi storical-photos/suss ex-archaeological-so ciety-photo-archive/ sussex-archaeologica l-society-photo-arch ive/shoreham-by-sea- aerial-views/ppshorm 95-2608-4-2336.html Evergreen71
  • Score: 18

1:33pm Sat 10 May 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal.
It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever.
Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal. It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: -11

2:12pm Sat 10 May 14

mabuhay says...

It has been a canal since 1855. as a boat owner, along with many others, I pay mooring fees to Shoreham port authority, to moor in Shoreham canal.
It has been a canal since 1855. as a boat owner, along with many others, I pay mooring fees to Shoreham port authority, to moor in Shoreham canal. mabuhay
  • Score: 13

2:47pm Sat 10 May 14

Evergreen71 says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal.
It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever.
you're talking nonsense I'm afraid - as the boat owner has just told you.
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal. It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever.[/p][/quote]you're talking nonsense I'm afraid - as the boat owner has just told you. Evergreen71
  • Score: 11

2:54pm Sat 10 May 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Evergreen71 wrote:
Old Ladys Gin wrote:
Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal.
It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever.
you're talking nonsense I'm afraid - as the boat owner has just told you.
It says 'a canal at Southwick' not 'the canal at Southwick which could imply there was more than one.
Either way it would have been a pure cut and paste job.
[quote][p][bold]Evergreen71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: Yes but the article mentions a canal not the canal. It's just a cut and paste job by the Argus with no checking whatsoever.[/p][/quote]you're talking nonsense I'm afraid - as the boat owner has just told you.[/p][/quote]It says 'a canal at Southwick' not 'the canal at Southwick which could imply there was more than one. Either way it would have been a pure cut and paste job. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: -12

3:08pm Sat 10 May 14

twonk says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal?
Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow
Are you American?
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Since when has Shoreham Harbor been a canal? Pity our "local" paper doesn't know it's ar3e from it's elbow[/p][/quote]Are you American? twonk
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Sat 10 May 14

bluemonday says...

is it a car or a van,a canal or a harbour #confused.com
is it a car or a van,a canal or a harbour #confused.com bluemonday
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Sat 10 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

'Plougs into canal' or 'pushed into the canal' ? Make your mind up you ridiculous newspaper...
'Plougs into canal' or 'pushed into the canal' ? Make your mind up you ridiculous newspaper... FatherTed11
  • Score: -2

9:51am Sun 11 May 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Far canal! what a story
Far canal! what a story Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Sun 11 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Achingly funny thread.
Achingly funny thread. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Mon 12 May 14

Roundbill says...

And this is why we can't have nice things.
And this is why we can't have nice things. Roundbill
  • Score: 1

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