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Where did the winkle pickers drowned?

Morecambe Bay
The Morecambe Bay cockling disaster (Chinese: 拾貝慘案 Shí bèi cǎn’àn, “cockle-picking tragedy”) occurred on the evening of 5 February 2004 at Morecambe Bay in North West England, when at least 21 Chinese illegal immigrant labourers were drowned by an incoming tide after picking cockles off the Lancashire coast.

How many Chinese cockle pickers died at Morecambe Bay?

23 Chinese cockle pickers
The deaths 10 years ago of 23 Chinese cockle pickers who were searching for a “better life” has had a lasting effect on all those associated with the disaster in Morecambe Bay.

What is cockle picker?

Quick Reference. Or cocklers gather shellfish (cockles) from the sand at low tide. This traditional British occupation attained notoriety in 2004 when 23 Chinese migrant workers, hired as cocklepickers were drowned in Morecambe Bay in Lancashire.

Where can you pick cockles in England?

Where to find cockles in England

  • Morecambe Bay.
  • The River Duddon Estuary.
  • The River Esk Estuary.
  • South Crimdon beach.
  • The River Humer Estuary.
  • The Wash, the huge bay just south of Skegness.
  • The river Blackwater estuary.
  • Camber sands.

How fast does the tide come in at Morecambe Bay?

The Bay is broad and relatively shallow with a large tidal range of up to 10.5 metres at spring tides and a flood tide that rushes into the Bay with the speed of ‘a good horse’. Tidal bores can reach speeds of up to 9 knots and can cover an area the size of a football pitch in minutes.

Where do you find cockles?

There are more than 205 living species of cockles, with many more fossil forms. The common cockle, (Cerastoderma edule), is widely distributed around the coastlines of Northern Europe, with a range extending west to Ireland, the Barents Sea in the north, Norway in the east, and as far south as Senegal.

Where are cockles found?

The Common Cockle lives on muddy and sandy shores, between the high tide and low tide mark, and is commonly found in estuaries. It is a medium-sized clam-like shell, rounded and domed with radiating ridges. It feeds by filtering plankton and other organic matter from the water.

Is there a season for cockles?

Cockles are most abundant from September to April.

Are cockles and winkles the same?

As nouns the difference between cockle and winkle is that cockle is any of various edible european bivalve mollusks, of the family cardiidae, having heart-shaped shells or cockle can be any of several field weeds, such as the corncockle, , and lolium temulentum while winkle is a periwinkle or its shell, of family .

How many cockles are you allowed?

THE NSW government has reduced the possession limit of cockles from 50 to 20 per person, effective from 14 October, 2020. NSW DPI says, the change has been implemented following consultation with and support from the NSW Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

How deep is the water in Morecambe Bay?

They are 25 miles (40 km) west of Blackpool in 30 metres of water; the top of the gas reservoir is at a depth of just 900 metres (3,000 ft), necessitating slant drilling for the first time in European waters.