Heartache for pair as business floats away

12:22 17 February 2014

Equipment belonging to ExeWake Watersports has been washed up

Equipment belonging to ExeWake Watersports has been washed up

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ExeWake Watersports is appealing for help tracing lost equipment worth £15,000, taken when recent storms ripped through Exmouth.

Mark - after finding a helmet and wetsuit near Lympstone,Mark - after finding a helmet and wetsuit near Lympstone,

The hunt is on to find missing water sport equipment, lost to the sea when the recent storms ripped through Exmouth.

ExeWake Watersports lost wetsuits, lifejackets, safety equipment, skis, inflatable bananas, ringos, wakeboards and more when its premises on the side of the River Exe Café pontoon was spotted floating down the river.

Business owners Tim Wade and Mark Beasley are keen to trace any washed-up equipment and want to hear from anyone who finds their property.

The pair faces forking out around £15,000 to replace their entire kit if their insurance company deems the loss was an ‘act of God’.

Tim and Mark, who took over the business last year, are determined to be fully up and running again by spring.

They said the loss of equipment and premises had proved ‘a lot of heartache’.

“We will have new premises and be bigger and better,” said Tim. “We won’t let this defeat us. This business means the world to us.”

Tim and Mark’s ‘nightmare’ began when they received a phone call, saying their shed was floating down the River Exe.

It is thought a storm-struck vessel nearby broke its mooring, hitting the pontoon where the water sports equipment was stored.

Since then, people have found ‘bits and pieces’ of equipment littered along the estuary and coast.

Tim said a helmet and wetsuit was found near Lympstone.

“We spent days walking up and down the river bank in knee-deep mud looking for equipment,” he said. “Part of the shed we found up the River Exe.”

If you find equipment belonging to ExeWake Watersports, contact Tim on 07891 818788 or Mark on 07825 539 450.

1 comment

  • this is so sad i have shared for you on facebook twitter and google hope some of this comes back to you

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    Laura Jones

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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