What is meant by “wreck” in UK law?

“Jetsam”, “flotsam”, “lagan” or derelict found in or on the shores of the sea or any tidal water.

“Jetsam” means goods or cargo jettisoned from a vessel. “Flotsam” means floating wreckage (e. g. of a ship or cargo). “Lagan” means goods, cargo or wreckage at the bottom of sea, including goods attached to a buoy with a view to later recovery. A derelict is an abandoned vessel, ownerless at sea without hope or intention of recovery.


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