Beach restaurant battered by waves

32 people were rescued from a restaurant at Milford-on-Sea after winds and waves broke windows and flooded the beach front.

Live updates

Shingle 'came like bullets' through restaurant windows

Stones "as big as your hand" were thrown by the wind and sea at the Marine beach restaurant in Milford last night.

Colin Tabor from the Coastguard said: "There were stones as big as your hand being catapulted as you can see the damage here is the result of that impact."

Shingle broke through the windows before the waves washed into the restaurant.

Robin Bates of Hampshire Fire and Rescue service said: "I've lived here all my life and I've been in the service now for 30 years. I was in the service when the storm hit in '87 and it was nowhere near as bad as it was here last night.

"The main problem was the shingle, the shingle was coming up just like bullets."

Shingle broke through the windows before the waves washed into the restaurant.

Advertisement

Seafront restaurant battered by winds and waves

Pebbles smashed the windows before huge waves crashed in to the restaurant.

More than 30 people were rescued by emergency services and the army from the Marine restaurant in Milford on Sea, Hampshire after wind-blown shingle shattered windows and waves flooded in.

Cars were left strewn across the seafront after the waves.
Debris strewn across the seafront after the waves.

Emergency services and the army rescue 32 people

Emergency services and the army have rescued 32 people trapped in a beachfront restaurant.

Lymington coastguard, fire services and the army were called to the Marine Restaurant in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, at 10pm yesterday after wind-blown shingle smashed windows and a tidal surge flooded the ground floor.

The rescue was in Milford on Sea. Credit: Google Maps

Coastguard: 32 people rescued from beach restaurant

HM Coastguard have confirmed that 32 people have been rescued from a beach front restaurant at Milford on Sea.

Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team worked alongside Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Army to rescue 32 people from a beach front restaurant at Milford on Sea.

The alarm was raised at 10pm yesterday when sea flooded the Marine Restaurant and the wind picked up the shingle from the beach and smashed the ground floor windows.

The restaurant customers and staff moved upstairs while waiting to be rescued. They were evacuated in an Army vehicle.Conditions were described as extremely dangerous

– HM Coastguard
Back to top