A JETTY and a number of boats have reportedly been damaged or destroyed after a ship crashed into the Camber Docks this morning.
Footage shows a vessel called the Sharon Vale crashing into the docks at around 11.45am this morning.
The 78ft-long guard boat careered into docks near RS Divers’s building, colliding with almost half a dozen boats in the process.
Lynn Reed, landlady at The Bridge Tavern, was outside when it happened.
She said: ‘The ship was coming back in for refuelling before coming out, but was facing the wrong way.
‘As it turned around it crashed into the harbour wall and a few boats along the way – it was a bit like bumper cars.
‘There were a few smaller craft and one looks like it was completely destroyed, but nobody was hurt.’
According to the public and others around the harbour, the incident was caused by a problem with the vessel's gears.
It has since been towed around to corner of the Camber.
Caroline Gravier, who works for fishing firm Viviers, said: ‘I saw the aftermath once it had happened.
‘There is a lot of damage to the jetty and a couple of the boats that were caught up in the incident.
‘I’ve been here for 17 years and this is the first time I have seen something like this happen.’