Don't get caught out at the sand bar this Christmas

A fishing trawler was lost on the sand bar in February Photo: John Gass / Daily News
A fishing trawler was lost on the sand bar in February Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass


WITH the Christmas holidays just around the next river bend and many people's thoughts turn to boating, a rescue group is warning people of the dangers in crossing the Tweed bar.

Marine Rescue Point Danger commander Bernie Gabriel said in this period last year there were 3500 movements across the bar in a month.

"That was a big year last year and there are more boats on the water every year," Mr Gabriel said.

Mr Gabriel said the bar was dangerous because of the sand built up across the front of the river entrance but the risk was also dependent on weather conditions.

"You can get across on a canoe sometimes but at other times you're luck to get across with a trawler," he said.

"If they (boaties) keep to the northern side of the wall then that's manageable," he said.

"It's (the sand bar) three quarters of the way across the entrance."

Earlier this year a trawler lost power as it was exiting the bar and was sunk against the rock wall.

It was just one in a string of incidences that has given the Tweed bar its notoriety as a dangerous bar crossing.

Mr Gabriel said any boats heading to sea should log in with the marine rescue who can also advise on conditions and the difficulty of the crossing.

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