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Mini tornado flips trailer

PUBLISHED: 14:36 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 05 July 2010

REPORTS of a mini tornado wreaking havoc at the Birds Eye site on Friday led to around 12 cars being damaged as they had their windscreens and side windows smashed, while a trailer was flipped over.

REPORTS of a mini tornado wreaking havoc at the Birds Eye site on Friday led to around 12 cars being damaged as they had their windscreens and side windows smashed, while a trailer was flipped over.

And eye-witness said: “At about 9pm a tornado hit Birds Eye damaging part of the cold store, smashing car windows parked on the car park, and amazingly it picked up a lorry trailer rolled it around the grass and dumped it some 50m from where it had been parked.”

Nobody at Birds Eye could however confirm the incident.

The Spirit of Lowestoft Lifeboat crew braved force-nine winds to rescue the four-man crew of a stranded German yacht two miles of the coast. The Arielle had been at sea for about 30 hours sailing from Holland to Lowestoft, but the vessel's engines failed after a safety line snagged a propeller and then its GPS navigational system was knocked out.

Disaster was only averted after the lifeboat battled heavy squalls to reach the vessel, which suffered damage to its stern, and tow it to safety.

Richard Musgrove, lifeboat operations manager, said: “These were very unpleasant conditions for the rescue. The coxswain, John Fox, and his crew did an excellent job. Visibilty was very poor because of the driving, torrential rain with a heavy swell coming from the south. Conditions were particularly bad when the wind blew against the tide causing short steep seas.”

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