Lightning strike hits Dover Coastguard system

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Engineers are still working to repair Dover Coastguard's communication system after a lightning strike hit its clifftop control centre.

Senior watch manager Gordon Wise said the system was 90% to 95% back to normal after lightning hit on Saturday.

Members of the public had experienced no loss of service and no-one had been placed in any danger, said Mr Wise.

He said a "well-rehearsed plan" had been immediately put into place.

Mr Wise said: "We do get struck by lightning up here. If you stick a big building right on top of a 400ft (122m) cliff, it is actually a perfect path to ground."

Mr Wise said coastal rescue officers went to remote sites at North Foreland in Kent, and Fairlight in East Sussex, to man radios until the system was back online.

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