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Ship in mist a big surprise off Brighton
Tourists dropped their ice creams and locals cleared their eyes after a ship appeared just yards off Brighton beach.
This picture of the vessel near Brighton’s West Pier was sent in to The Argus by reader Danny O’Leary yesterday at about 3pm.
Witnesses said they heard a fog horn before it appeared.
For some it brought back memories of Athina B, the cargo ship that beached near Brighton’s Palace Pier in January 1980 on its way to Shoreham.
Mr O’Leary, 43, of Norway Street, Portslade, said: “It looked like it was heading straight for the West Pier and must have come within yards of it before it started veering away.
“I really do not know what it was doing.
“I spoke to one restaurant owner down there and he thought the ship had got lost in the mist.”
However, fellow Argus reader Finn Hopson said the boat was TVH Patricia and it was carrying out maintenance to the buoys near the iconic structure.