Wrecks and drownings


The shining sands of Morecambe Bay can be deceptive. Fishing and sailing in the tidal waters is highly skilled and fishermen and sailor’s lives were beset with dangers.

Working people, travellers and visitors have regularly been caught in the sands and over the years a number of famous incidents have been recorded

The cockle pickers disaster occurred on 5 February 2004 when at least 21 Chinese labourers were drowned in treacherous weather conditions off Hest Bank




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