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Storm Henry rips glass from Derry store front and sinks boat

By Lesley Houston

Published 03/02/2016

A shattered window panel is strewn across the ground after being torn from the Dunelm
store in Londonderry on Monday
A shattered window panel is strewn across the ground after being torn from the Dunelm store in Londonderry on Monday
The Coleraine Harbour Commissioners Pilot Vessel ‘Challenger’ was sunk by Storm Henry in Portstewart Harbour
Huge waves battered the harbour wall

Storm Henry is thought to have been responsible for the sinking of a small boat on Northern Ireland's north coast.

And it blew out a huge glass panel at a Dunelm store in Londonderry.

A pilot vessel belonging to the Coleraine Harbour Commission moored at Portstewart Harbour began taking on water early yesterday and sank soon after.

The 31ft 'Challenger' is understood to have had 800 litres of diesel on board.

However, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, which owns the harbour, said there were no significant pollution issues following the incident.

A spokesman from the HM Coastguard headquarters in Bangor, Co Down said yesterday's weather was still too turbulent to risk attaching a boom to the vessel. This is a device which would trap any fuel inside the boat to prevent leakage and damage to the environment.

The NI Enviroment Agency was quickly on the scene to assess any risk of pollution.

A DoE spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: "The vessel appears to be intact and is not leaking significant quantities of fuel which is likely to cause an environmental concern."

Meanwhile, the Dunelm Mill Store on the Buncrana Road in Derry will remain closed after a large glass panel and steel fixtures smashed to the ground on Monday afternoon. The store front was badly damaged and will not re-open until the main entrance is repaired.

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