We had a strong Easterly wind today and high water was at 17:39. High tide and easterly wind can mean the sea front being closed at Livermead. When I drove past at 16:15 the sea was already coming over the sea wall and was expecting the road to be closed by the time I got back from Newton at 17:30. But it wasn't though I did advise passengers as we went past the Grand Hotel that if any windows were open on the seaward side of the bus now would be a good time to close them. Just in front of me there was a cyclist and he decided to dismount and cross the road. A little way a head a car was drenched by a 20 foot wave that crashed over the wall. A passenger upstairs who hadn't bothered to shut a window jumped up and shut it quite quickly. We then drove past the group of people watching the waves and hoping to see a bus swept out to sea but we got by without ending up having to use the periscope. Yes, buses do have periscopes. Bet you didn't know that.
Problem with this kind of incident is the windows get covered by a layer of salt which make it difficult to see, especially in the bright sun light. Into Paignton Bus Station and a quick rub down with a damp cloth helped a little. When I finished and was cashing up I saw a notice about ROSCO Safe Driving Awards.
Rosco is the Road Operators Safety Council and all our drivers get a certificate if they complete a calender year without having a preventable accident. It has been going since 2005, no certificate that year as I clipped a wing mirror in New Road on the way into Brixham. 2006, as you may remember I clipped a bus shelter so no certificate. 2007 was a good year so I get a certificate. No cash to go with it, but you can't have every thing. .