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Default Open Country - SouthWest Shipwrecks

Open Country - SouthWest Shipwrecks

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: Saturday 02 January 2010

Helen Mark explores Devon and Cornwall to investigate why so many
shipwrecks still happen.

The grounding of the MSC Napoli in Lyme Bay in January 2007 made
headlines around the world. The hull of the 62,000-tonne vessel
cracked in waters off The Lizard, and while being towed to safety the
situation worsened and she was grounded off Branscombe Beach. Several
containers also fell overboard and were washed ashore, leading to
scavengers coming from across the UK. The 50 million-pound cleanup
operation and breakup was only completed in July 2009. Helen Mark
revisits the famous beach to find out how the wreck and the drama
affected their lives and landscape.

Modern wrecks still happen and the European Maritime Agency records
show an increase in the number of ships sunk in European waters in
recent years. Helen meets master mariner and lecturer Paul Wright to
find out why these accidents still happen. She also learns about the
HMS Scylla, a decommissioned frigate which was deliberately sunk off
the south-west coast.

One reason for the danger is that our records of the sea bed can be
surprisingly out of date. Some charts still have recordings made by
the Victorians with a lead weight. Other areas have not been charted
at all.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are at the start of a 100-year
project to accurately scan the seabed using modern 3D technology. But
their findings are also discovering lost ships and submarines and
revealing more about the geology of our sea floor.


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