TERROR SLIME TAKES PENARTH PIER FISHERMEN OFF THEIR FEET

The slippery surface of Penarth Pier is playing havoc with local fishermen

The slippery surface of Penarth Pier is playing havoc with local fishermen

Even though Penarth Pier doesn’t move about much – not even in the worst weather – local fishermen are apparently having trouble staying on their feet – especially in damp and foggy mornings.

It’s not that the anglers ending up on their backsides have been over-imbibing – they haven’t . Fishing, after all, is far too serious a pursuit to be mixed with alcohol.

…And there’s yet to be any really cold weather in Penarth this winter – which in the past has laid a surface of frost on the boardwalk and forced the pier to close.

Anyone venturing to the end of the pier has to watch where they step.

Anyone venturing to the end of the pier these days has to watch where they step.

Nevertheless the fishermen are now finding that when they reach the end of Penarth Pier they’re all having the tread extra-carefully and watch their step.

The reason?  It seems that some of the planking at the far end of the pier appears to have become  coated with a kind of pale-green algae which – in moist weather –  turns into a treacherous slime that’s so slippery that it can suddenly – without warning – whip an angler’s wellies out from under him in the twinkling of an eye.

Footprints - and skidmarks - show-up on the treacherous wet areas

Footprints – and skidmarks – show-up on the treacherous wet areas

A number of fishermen are reported to have lost their footing so far,  and in some cases – even worse – have also lost that prize-winning catch they were just about to land.

….But at least there’s now a new excuse for “the one that got away”.   

 

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3 Responses to TERROR SLIME TAKES PENARTH PIER FISHERMEN OFF THEIR FEET

  1. PENARTH EYE. says:

    Well Done PDN. For Bringing This To The Attention Of Your Readers. Any One (NOT JUST ANGLERS ) Using The Pier On A Damp Day Risks Serious Injury, This Hazard Has Been Reported Over 10 Months Ago To The Pier Master. Perhaps The VOG Are Waiting For A Couple Of Claims Before They Act. May I Suggest A Risk Assessment Is Carried Out Sooner Rather Than Later

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    Penarth Eye is right-all decking is dangerous on wet and frosty days but the decking on the Pier has a soggy,slippery feel to it at times-I must admit I do sometimes have concerns about the strength of the timber. The fishermen seem to do their best to clean up any mess so I think it is a point well made.

  3. Ivor Bagman says:

    I remember !
    It was like that in the 50’s .

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