The Matthew has lucky escape in strong winds
Bristol's popular replica medieval ship The Matthew has had a lucky escape off the coast in Kent after being blasted free of her moorings in this morning's strong winds.
The ship has been in London where she and her crew were moored up to watch the jubilee pageant on Sunday.
At the moment she is moored at Sandwich in Kent, and this morning the strong winds blew her off her moorings and she ended up stranded on a mudbank on the other side of the river.
Skipper Rob Salvidge said the crew were on board at the time and had been stranded for eight hours on the mud bank, waiting for the tide to come in so they could return to the quayside.
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"No damage has been done luckily," he said. "It could have been a lot worse, but we had a nice muddy riverbank to sit on.
"Where we might have ended up is anyone's guess - but because the wind was so strong it just blew us straight across the river.
"One historic boat which was here a couple of years ago was blown downstream and did get damaged.
"We're all ok now, it wasn't a disaster. But had there been a tree trunk sticking out of the bank it could have been a different story - we have been lucky."
The Matthew is in Sandwich until Sunday before it heads to a sea shanty festival in Falmouth en route back to Bristol.
The strong winds and heavy rains have also been causing problems in Bristol - with fallen trees forcing roads to be shut and huge waves battering the coast.