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Surge tide covers Neptune Jetty, Sheerness

Sometimes flood alerts fall on deaf ears - especially if you have a fish to catch.

This angler ignored warnings of an exceptionally high tide and set up his rod on the newly rebuilt Neptune Jetty on Sheerness beach on Monday.

High tide fisherman at Neptune Jetty, Sheerness. Picture copyright James Bell
High tide fisherman at Neptune Jetty, Sheerness. Picture copyright James Bell

The scene was snapped by Sheppey photographer James Bell at 2pm.

The surge tide peaked at 6.53m and completely swamped the end of the jetty and surrounded the bench where the angler was patiently perched, marooning him as he waited for his catch while trying to keep his feet dry.

An even higher tide hit the Island in the early hours at 2am when it peaked at nearly 7m (6.91) according the Southend live tide gauge.

Experts had been predicting a level of 6.28.

High tide at Faversham creek. Picture: Richard Murr
High tide at Faversham creek. Picture: Richard Murr

Flood alerts were also in place in low-lying areas off the coast from Kemsley to Seasalter.

The tidal surge also hit Faversham, flooding the creek and leaving roads awash with water.

Across the English Channel at the French town of Wimereux, twinned with Herne Bay, a string of beach huts was blown down.

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