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Shoreham houseboat owners evacuated due to high tide
7:53am Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
Five houseboat owners were evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night because of high tides.
A 55 foot vessel based in Surry Boat Yard in Shoreham began listing to starboard due to the high tide and caused the gangway connecting four other boats to become destabilised.
The houseboat owners were led to safety at about 3am this morning by Shoreham firefighters and Sussex Police officers and spent the night in the nearby coastguard station at Humphreys Gap.
It is believed the boat’s owners, a couple in their 50s, had lived on the boat for the last six years.
Firefighters said half of the boat’s hull had filled with water.