Calls For Hazardous Rock off Popular Seaside Resort to be Marked

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Andrew Smith circles the rock off Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay. Photo: Clwyd News Andrew Smith circles the rock off Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay. Photo: Clwyd News
A sea angler with concerns for the safety of others has taken accurate coordinates of a jagged rock at a popular seaside resort.
Andrew Smith said he waited years for "perfect conditions" to get next to the rock off Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay to take GPS readings after he hit the rock around ten years ago.
The rock is submerged for most states of tide making it invisible to unwary seafarers but does become exposed for about one hour on spring low tides that coincide with new and full moons.
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Andrew Smith. Photo Lee Owens

On Sunday, before dawn, Mr Smith launched his 6.8 metre fishing boat and put out an appeal for photographers to help him record the task.
"We went out in the dark and had to wait for the tide to drop far enough for the rock to become exposed," said Mr Smith.
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The rock exposed at low tide. Photo: Lee Owens

"My concern is that where they've built the slipway for Porth Eirias is directly in line with this rock.
"The rock could rip the bottom off a jet ski and it makes me cringe when I see young children being towed on inflatables behind speed boats.
"The rock just looks like a lump of concrete that's adorned itself in all kinds of crustaceans and you can't see it for most of the time.
"My son was on board when we hit the rock and he was nine at the time.
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An aerial shot of the hazardous rock.

"We were doing 15-20 knots when we hit it and it made a big gouge along the bottom of the boat and trashed the gearbox.
"The engine hit the rock square on and came right out of the water with the propeller screaming and it was very scary.
"It cost about £4,000 to get the boat repaired and I've waited years for the right conditions to take an accurate GPS reading.
"You need reasonably calm weather, calm seas, daylight and very low tides to get near the rock.
"I've got a plot of its location now so if the harbour office wants to put a buoy on it I can show them where it is.
"They did put a buoy on it a few years ago but it's gone.
"I've got a plot for the rock and I will share that with the ski club and let the harbour master know about it as well.
"This is a substantial hazard that can take the bottom out of any vessel," he said.
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A bird's eye view by drone pilot Rob Lamont

Drone pilot Rob Lamont from Llandudno saw the appeal on social media and took aerial images as Mr Smith circled the hazard.
"The photos are really good and the rock was a bit further out than I originally estimated it to be," said Mr lamont.
"I launched the drone from the shoreline at low tide and the rock was 450m away.
"I think Andrew is doing a really good thing because a friend of mine hit an unmarked rock off  Llanddwyn Island.
"The lifeboat had to come out and towed him into Caernarfon for his boat to be repaired and it was there for weeks.
"There's a lot of unmarked rocks around the coast and you only ever see them when there's a spring low tide like today," he said.
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