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VIDEO: Monster waves demolish iconic 100-year-old hut in Portreath

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

The hut at the end of the harbour wall has been demolished by monster waves. Photograph by Grant Lewin.

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AN iconic stone hut on the Portreath harbour wall has been smashed to pieces by huge waves and crumbled into the sea.

The hut is over 100-years-old but could not withstand the battering of today’s monster swell.

Waves of over 30 foot were reported off the shore in Portreath this morning.

And their full force has been felt after almost 100 tonnes of the harbour wall fell into the sea.

The video, shot by Martin Hick, shows the size and brutality of the waves smashing into Portreath harbour. The iconic stone hut has already been washed away.

Clem Tregear who runs the Waterfront Inn behind Portreath’s harbour wall said it is the loss of an icon: “The structure has been smashed apart. It’s completely gone. The water is crashing through a gaping hole in the harbour wall. More and more rubble is crumbling away.

“I think there’s about 100 tonnes of the wall that have come away. The structure isn’t looking very strong at the moment.

“If it crumbles away more and collapses, the whole village could be in danger.”

On Friday members of the Portreath Harbour Association were on hand to put up a temporary barrier after part of the wall fell into the sea.

Jan Veasey, secretary of the association, said it is too early for repair works to start.

The harbour wall is grade II listed and owned by Cornwall Council.

The association manage and run the moorings in the harbour but Ms Veasey said local people moved quickly to mitigate some of the damage caused by the rough seas.

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  • break  |  January 07 2014, 5:49PM

    The harbour wall has no other choice but to be rebuilt.But what about the dead man's hut,will that be rebuilt?And surely the hut would be a listed building?