Sea divers inspect iconic seaside pier

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER - Credit: Archant

Divers spent a day investigating the condition of Clacton Pier’s 150-year-old underwater structures to make sure they were safe and secure.

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER - Credit: Archant

Red7Diving, from Norfolk, were brought in for the annual exercise to look over the concrete and steel reinforced pilings of the seaside landmark.

They will now help to prepare a report for the pier’s structural engineering consultants and help identify any areas that may need to be addressed.

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Matt Hugo, from Red7Diving, said: “The divers have cameras and can relay the footage up to our vehicle where it is recorded as part of the report.

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER

A dive team inspects the condition of Clacton Pier's underwater structures. Picture: CLACTON PIER - Credit: Archant

“They are looking for marine growth, spalling of the piles and checking everything is in good order.”


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Pier director Billy Ball said: “With parts of the piling 150 years old, it is essential that this work is undertaken annually and that we gather a picture of what’s going on underwater.

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“The practical side of the surveying went well and nothing untoward was found. We are now just waiting for the final report to come through.”

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