St Peter’s Marina in Byker was seen empty of water this morning.
Considered one of the safest and most sheltered marinas in the UK, the tidal marina can usually be reached in three hours from either side of high water by passing under a drawbridge and into the River Tyne .
However, on Saturday morning boats were seen sitting on silt with the waterline in the marina well below its usual level.
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Usually the lowest water level was around three meters, but this morning the depth was well below that. It’s the second time the marina has been empty in as many months, with boats beached in August as well.
Following this incident last month, boat owners contacted ChronicleLive to express concern that their boats may have been damaged.
Chronicle Live understands that the water level in August was low due to a fault in the sluice gate after maintenance work on the drawbridge and that engineers were dispatched to fix the problem.
However, after ChronicleLive contacted the marina on this occasion, they declined to say why the water level was low.