New lease of life for marina six months after crane collapse caused major damage

PUBLISHED: 09:06 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 08:53 24 January 2014

The Fish and Duck Marina in Little Thetford

The Fish and Duck Marina in Little Thetford

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Work to restore a marina which was badly damaged following a crane accident last summer has been completed.

The Fish and Duck Marina in Little ThetfordThe Fish and Duck Marina in Little Thetford

Six months ago, the Fish and Duck Marina, in Little Thetford, was left badly damaged after a 60 tonne, eight-wheeled crane toppled into the marina, causing “thousands of pounds” worth of damage and requiring a major salvage operation.

The incident happened in July, just weeks after extensive restoration work had been completed.

The driver of the crane, who was helping with the restorations, was inside the cab at the time that it toppled into the water but managed to escape unharmed.

The Fish and Duck Marina in Little ThetfordThe Fish and Duck Marina in Little Thetford

Now, with a fresh round of repair work completed, the marina is open to the public once again and can now offer visitors a brand new slipway, hard-standing for storage of boats and trailers and a boat valeting service.

John Aldous, the marina manager, said: “Luckily no one was hurt. But it left a large dent in the piling and rendered some areas unfit for mooring.

“The crane incident couldn’t have come at a worse time. But we believe that it is important to focus on the positives – we learnt a lot, it helped us further focus

our health and safety policy and we have regenerated from the ruins.”

Since the incident, the marina, which is located on the pivotal point of three of the region’s largest rivers, has managed to fill nearly half of its available mooring berths in just over six months.

The owners, James and Davina Harvey, are now looking towards the future and possible further expansion of the facility.

INFO: www.fishandduck.co.uk/marine-services.

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