Search

Mysterious metal spike appears in the waves at Pakefield Beach

PUBLISHED: 13:35 22 September 2017

Coastguard teams have been called out twice to investigate a very sharp metal spike which has mysteriously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach..  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Coastguard teams have been called out twice to investigate a very sharp metal spike which has mysteriously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach.. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

©archant2016

Coastguard teams have been called out twice to investigate a “very sharp metal spike” which has mysteriously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach.

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold rescue officers first responded to reports of an object in the surf around 6.30pm on Thursday, September 21.

An unknown object was said to be causing alarm to members of the public.

However, due to the rising tide the team was unable to locate and investigate the object further, so stood down.

They returned today at 5.50am and managed to locate the object – a metal spike pointing towards the beach.

Again, due to the rising tide the team were forced to stand down before more action was taken.

David Burwood, rescue officer, said: “The best way I can describe it is as looking like a javelin that is perhaps an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.

“Members of the public alerted us as they were concerned that somebody could become impaled on the spike.”

Teams will return at low tide this evening to ascertain exactly what the object is and how best to remove it.

There were initial concerns the object could be unexploded ordnance from the Second World War.

Mr Burwood said: “Due to bombs that were dropped all along the east coast that has to be investigated as a possibility.

“While there was a potential for it to be ordnance the initial investigation has deemed that it is not.”

The coastguard is advising the public to be cautious when entering the water at Pakefield Beach because at present the area is not marked.

The spike is directly adjacent to the Arbor Lane entrance steps to the beach.

Mr Burwood added: “If people do wish to swim or enter the water we request to leave at least 50m either north or south of the step to ensure they are not at risk.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other news

It’s a football rivalry which pits Norfolk against Suffolk, county against county, city against town.

18:00

Wild conditions are expected to batter the coast as Storm Brian makes its way across the country.

17:01

A Lowestoft offshore specialist has landed a £3m contract with one of the UK’s biggest wind farms.

15:19

Living and working in Suffolk, Ipswich Town fan Matthew Wylds thought his love for the Tractor Boys would be shared by many.

Most Read

Yesterday, 14:43

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 19 illegal migrants from Europe into Southwold.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 11:30

Five years after taking over the business which supplied sweet treats to guests at their daughter’s wedding, Vanessa and Paul Kisby are opening a sweet shop at the spot they have always dreamed of owning.

Read more
15:01

A woman injured by a mobility scooter has spoken of her devastating injuries and stolen independence.

Read more
15:19

Living and working in Suffolk, Ipswich Town fan Matthew Wylds thought his love for the Tractor Boys would be shared by many.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:53

The Lowestoft branch of a popular bank is set to close temporarily.

Read more
Great Yarmouth

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter