The "Theo Fischer" in the port of refuge in Darßer Ort
The approach to the port on the Darss was silted up for months. For months, environmentalists, local interest groups and the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania fought over a solution. At least one important step has now been taken: The DGzRS cruiser "Theo Fischer", which has meanwhile been relegated to the distant Barhöft, is back in its old place.
There were several emergency situations in the sea area in front of the Darß in the past year. And every time it took the rescuers from Barhöft a long time to get to the scene. When a man died of heart failure on a boat and afterwards the discussion broke out as to whether he could have been saved if the rescuers had been on the spot sooner, the state transport minister no longer wanted to watch.
Against the massive resistance of the WWF - the environmentalists would rather see the port completely closed today than tomorrow - he had the dredgers approached in the autumn. They were only slowed down by judicial decisions and then again and again during the past few weeks by the cold. But now it's done: the access to the harbor is free, the space at the pier is deep enough for the "Theo Fischer".
At the beginning of the season, yachts should then be able to call at the port again. However, as Transport Minister Volker Schlotmann emphasizes, only when they are in an emergency. The old status of Darßer Ort as a pure port of emergency will not change anytime soon. And an agreement on building a new port in neighboring Prerow is still a long way off.