Drama at marine Cafe in Milford on Sea as army rescue Valentine's Day diners

Diners rescue as from restaurant battered by stones from beach blown by 80 mile and hour winds

Diners rescue as from restaurant battered by stones from beach blown by 80 mile and hour winds

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More than 30 people were rescued after the windows of a Hampshire restaurant were shattered by rocks blown up by 80 mile an hour winds last night.

The drama happened as the storm brought travel chaos and more flooding threats to Hampshire.

Emergency services were called to rescue the diners at beach front Marine Cafe in Milford on Sea.

Daily Echo:

Rocks and stones blown by the wind shattered windows and a tidal surge flooded the ground floor.

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The army had to use their trucks and work with police, ambulance staff and coastguards to come to the rescue of the dinners at about 10pm last night.

Staff had to move customers upstairs while they waited to be rescued.

Daily Echo:

Lymington Health and Leisure Centre has been made available for those who are unable to return to their homes immediately.

James McCrossan, a chef at the restaurant, said he hoped never to see the same weather again.

He said: "The wind was just smashing against the windows. It almost looked like the windows were bending.

Daily Echo:

"The outside of the windows started smashing. There was glass everywhere, it wasn't safe for anyone.

"It's like I've never seen before and, touch wood, I hope never to see it again."

Stephen Caunter, general manager of the restaurant, said they would probably have to cancel wedding bookings due to the damage caused.

Daily Echo:

He added: "I believe most of the cars in the car park are either gone, underwater or a write-off."

Cherry Waite, who was at the restaurant for a Valentine's Day meal, described hearing the sound of shingle hitting the glass windows.

"Because we were all happy and enjoying ourselves it was a bit like the Titanic," she said. "There's tides and rain nipping up from the outside."

Chief Inspector Gary Cooper, who co-ordinated the rescue, said:
"Last night's joint operation to rescue 32 people from the restaurant was probably the most difficult joint operation I have been involved in in 28 years of policing.

"The extreme weather conditions of stones being thrown from the beach with the power of the wind to smash windscreens of fire engines and military trucks was almost like they were being shot from a rifle. All the windows in the restaurant were smashed

"The extreme weather shifted boulders on to the roadway which meant that the army and other rescuers had to move the boulders to get to the restaurant, which would have been completely impassable had we not had the benefit of the two military lorries with their high ground clearance.

"Officers from the Force Support Unit who are water trained led the rescue team which comprised of police officers and coastguard staff. All diners at the restaurant were evacuated on the two military lorries and escorted by police to the recreation centre at Lymington.

"The combined efforts of the emergency services in rescuing people from the restaurant was supported by the local authority teams at the rest centre, where they completed a triage process to ensure that no-one was injured and everyone's welfare was taken care of."

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7:46am Sat 15 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

not love on the rocks ,love with the rocks !!!!!
not love on the rocks ,love with the rocks !!!!! WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: -2

8:03am Sat 15 Feb 14

Linesman says...

Anyone for rock cakes?
Anyone for rock cakes? Linesman
  • Score: -2

8:09am Sat 15 Feb 14

roofspace says...

"The army had to use their trucks and work with police, ambulance staff and coastguards to come to the rescue of the dinners at about 10pm last night."

Was that before or after they rescued the patrons?

ROTFL another Echo proof-reading gem.
"The army had to use their trucks and work with police, ambulance staff and coastguards to come to the rescue of the dinners at about 10pm last night." Was that before or after they rescued the patrons? ROTFL another Echo proof-reading gem. roofspace
  • Score: 14

9:05am Sat 15 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Seriously, people could see a storm was going to hit and still go to a restaurant on a seafront? In a town called Milford-on-SEA?? Valentines day or not, people lives were put in danger.

Should have stayed home, cooked the misses a nice beans on toast (maybe push the boat out* and add grated cheese) given her a bar of Dairy Milk (or Galaxy or even Milka) a nice little bit of cuddling up with a film (of her choice... just agree with what she wants) a nice glass of plonk (or beer or cider or scotch on the rocks*) and finally take her to bed and make loud and noisy.... snoring (or anything else that come to mind)

*excuse the pun!
Seriously, people could see a storm was going to hit and still go to a restaurant on a seafront? In a town called Milford-on-SEA?? Valentines day or not, people lives were put in danger. Should have stayed home, cooked the misses a nice beans on toast (maybe push the boat out* and add grated cheese) given her a bar of Dairy Milk (or Galaxy or even Milka) a nice little bit of cuddling up with a film (of her choice... just agree with what she wants) a nice glass of plonk (or beer or cider or scotch on the rocks*) and finally take her to bed and make loud and noisy.... snoring (or anything else that come to mind) *excuse the pun! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 24

10:32am Sat 15 Feb 14

haru123 says...

What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they!
What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they! haru123
  • Score: 13

10:36am Sat 15 Feb 14

Merryme says...

roofspace wrote:
"The army had to use their trucks and work with police, ambulance staff and coastguards to come to the rescue of the dinners at about 10pm last night."

Was that before or after they rescued the patrons?

ROTFL another Echo proof-reading gem.
Um 'diners'!
[quote][p][bold]roofspace[/bold] wrote: "The army had to use their trucks and work with police, ambulance staff and coastguards to come to the rescue of the dinners at about 10pm last night." Was that before or after they rescued the patrons? ROTFL another Echo proof-reading gem.[/p][/quote]Um 'diners'! Merryme
  • Score: -2

10:59am Sat 15 Feb 14

Frank28 says...

Considering rising water levels, and how strong the coastal gales can be - that wasn't the wisest place to build a restaurant. Despite ongoing repair, the sea defences are inadequate.
Considering rising water levels, and how strong the coastal gales can be - that wasn't the wisest place to build a restaurant. Despite ongoing repair, the sea defences are inadequate. Frank28
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

egghead65 wrote:
t w at s
Tw at.
[quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: t w at s[/p][/quote]Tw at. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: -2

12:50pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

haru123 wrote:
What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they!
In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so?
[quote][p][bold]haru123[/bold] wrote: What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they![/p][/quote]In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so? Torchie1
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

No wonder the place is up for sale.
No wonder the place is up for sale. ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Sat 15 Feb 14

sidbarnes says...

Torchie1 wrote:
haru123 wrote:
What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they!
In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so?
I disagree, I think you have to question the mentality of someone who slags off two dead men after they were hit and killed by an uninsured driver.

Don't exploit two deaths to promote your prejudice you miserable, cowardly maggot.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]haru123[/bold] wrote: What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they![/p][/quote]In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so?[/p][/quote]I disagree, I think you have to question the mentality of someone who slags off two dead men after they were hit and killed by an uninsured driver. Don't exploit two deaths to promote your prejudice you miserable, cowardly maggot. sidbarnes
  • Score: 1

10:23pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

sidbarnes wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
haru123 wrote:
What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they!
In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so?
I disagree, I think you have to question the mentality of someone who slags off two dead men after they were hit and killed by an uninsured driver.

Don't exploit two deaths to promote your prejudice you miserable, cowardly maggot.
A little touchy aren't we?
[quote][p][bold]sidbarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]haru123[/bold] wrote: What are the chances of 32 numpties turning up at the same restaurant on the same day during a well reported storm? Some people just need a good talking to don't they![/p][/quote]In another part of the country you have to question the mentality of two people who decided to take their bicycles out for a ride in the pitch black night in the worst weather the country has experienced for half a century or more. People make choices, some good,some not so good but who are we to question their right to do so?[/p][/quote]I disagree, I think you have to question the mentality of someone who slags off two dead men after they were hit and killed by an uninsured driver. Don't exploit two deaths to promote your prejudice you miserable, cowardly maggot.[/p][/quote]A little touchy aren't we? Torchie1
  • Score: -1

2:31pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

Why were they at a BEACH FRONT during a bloody 80mph storm? Does common sense just dry up on Valentine's day?
Why were they at a BEACH FRONT during a bloody 80mph storm? Does common sense just dry up on Valentine's day? Mary80
  • Score: 0

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