The giant GBP250-million project to protect low-lying areas of the Netherlands from North Sea flooding moved stage nearer completion at the weekend.
GV Pleasure craft at sea (2 shots)
SV Cable car carries concrete blocks
SV Blocks dropped into water
SV Sightseers on boat
SV Cable car drops more blocks into water
SV New sections towed into position (3 shots)
SV Tug boats and other craft sound hooters.
SV Final section towed into position and balloons released.
SV Fishing boat with sign Sea Fishing Tours (2 shots)
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Background: The giant GBP250-million project to protect low-lying areas of the Netherlands from North Sea flooding moved stage nearer completion at the weekend. A deafening blast on the sirens of a fleet of ships signalled the successful closing of a major section of the Brouwershaven estuary.
Tugs towed the final caissons -- the preformed concrete sluice sections -- into position to block th northern and of the channel. Meanwhile, giant cable cars were continuing to drop large blocks of concrete into the water to block the channel's southern end.
The project is part of the 25 year Delta Plan, which will control the waters of the Rhine as they flow into the North Sea.