A SEA cadets' headquarters near Aldershot was marooned by floodwater last week - but the members weren't allowed to set sail.

They were confined to dry land because the organisation's rules won't allow them to take to the water in winter.

Roy de Lahaye, Swiftsure Sea Cadets' vice-chairman, said: "It's a bit ironic, but we couldn't make use of all that water on our doorstep.

"Because of the risk of hypothermia and similar problems our members aren't allowed to go out on boats in the winter."

Instead it was left to Roy, who served in the Royal Navy for 25 years, to take advantage of the seafaring conditions.

He spent a short time rowing round the building in Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea. "It was like being back in the Navy," he laughed. Last week's torrential rain flooded the grounds to a depth of about 15 inches. The 40 cadets, aged 10 to 16, were told to "abandon ship" when the water started seeping into their headquarters. It is the second time in two years that the site has been flooded.

Committee members were able to re-enter the building last Friday after it had been marooned for three days.