Something fishy to lobster plot
SOMETHING fishy off the coast of Gower has been reported to police.
Watch keepers at the National Coastwatch Institution lookout station at Worm's Head spotted a plush cabin cruiser sidling up towards a buoy to the south of the island.
There appeared to be two crew on board who lifted a pot from under the buoy and stowed it on board, and then repeated the act a few metres away, before accelerating in the direction of Swansea.
The Worm's Head volunteer watch keepers have been briefed by a separate group called Coastwatch Wales, comprising police, UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs, to keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activity including drug and people-smuggling.
While there is no suggestion that Sunday’s incident fell into any of these categories, there may be a disgruntled lobster fisherman in Swansea.
On duty at the Worm’s Head lookout station was Alan Richards and Mike Relph.
“We were aware the boat was clearly not a commercial fishing boat,” said Mr Richards. “We would have expected a fisherman to have re-baited and replaced the pot and dropped it in (the sea) again.
“And the way it manoeuvred alongside the buoy suggested it was not something that it did that regularly.”
Mr Richard and Mr Relph reckoned there were two people on board the 36-40ft white-hulled cruiser.
Mr Richards said the lunchtime incident was reported to Swansea Coastguard and South Wales Police.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “I can confirm that we had a call on Sunday, September 1, about a suspicious vessel off Worm’s Head.”
He added that the boat, as yet, had not been traced.