HC Deb 05 June 1928 vol 218 cc30-1W

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) how many vessels have been stranded on Breaksea, Point, the Leys, St. Athans, Glamorgan, during each of the last 10 years; and how many lives have been lost by shipwreck at or near Breaksea Point during that period;

(2) whether he is aware that a golf club situated on the Leys, St. Athans, Glamorganshire, have marred access for vehicles to reach the look-out station at Breaksea Point; and, as in the event of a vessel being stranded on this dangerous coast, it is necessary for a heavy vehicle carrying life-saving apparatus to reach the danger point promptly, will he take steps to have the roadway cleared of all obstructions forthwith, and prevent this golf club in future placing similar obstacles in the way of the coastguards-men reaching the scene of danger without delay?


27 vessels have stranded on Breaksea Point since 1st January, 1919. Only one of these casualties resulted in any loss of life, two lives being lost in January, 1920. I am sending the hon. Member a statement showing the number of casualties during each of the years 1919 to 1928. I am advised that the barrier to which he refers does not interfere with the work of the coastguard and would not prevent, or appreciably delay, access to the coast for the purpose of saving life from shipwreck. In the circumstances, there is no need for the Board of Trade to intervene.

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