This is where ideas for my DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novels come from

At the same time as working on the final edits on the current DI Andy Horton ( number seven in the series) I am also working on ideas and the plot outlines for Andy Horton number eight. I already have a rough outline but this little item popped into my Google Reader yesterday, courtesy of the Isle of Wight County press:

Ship Grounded off the Needles.

"The cargo ship grounded off The Needles has been refloated. The 90-metre vessel was grounded on a shingle bank north of The Needles yesterday afternoon (Sunday). The British registered vessel, Paula C, which is owned by Carisbrooke Shipping, was reported to Solent Coastguard as grounded at 1pm.

The vessel was subsequently refloated and made its way under its own power to Saltmead off the entrance to Beaulieu River where it is currently lying at anchor. Inspectors from the company will inspect the ship before giving it the all clear to proceed to Southampton where it will be inspected for damage in dry dock."

Now wouldn't that make  the background to a good crime novel!  Don't anyone pinch it please. Andy Horton got there first!


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