Ship washed up on beach
June 14, 2007 5:21am CST
The storms that hit the coast of nsw on the weekend caused a big coal ship to wash up on nobby's beach in newcastle. How scary it must of been for the crew on board. They were luckily air lifted off, but it was very hard for the rescue team with the weather. It is a huge attraction for people. Heaps have gone down looking at it. I took the kids down, there was people everywhere and cars. Apparently a ship was in the same situation 50 years ago at about the same spot, but they got it back out to sea. They arent sure when they will be trying to get this one off. The storms have been so violent. It has been a tragedy for many. I hope they all get back on their feet soon. But it will take a long time for everything to get back to as it was. The spirit of these novocastrians is amazing though and i know they will band together.
14 Jun 07
Wow... this happened in Brighton, England once. The boat was aground for a couple of weeks before the tide was high enough to shift it and as is yours, it created a great deal of interest from visitors and locals alike. Thank goodness the crew were all lifted off safely... it could have been a lot more tragic, my friend. Brightest Blessings and thank you for sharing.
15 Jun 07
Yes, lots of interest. I dont know when they will get it off, they are talking about the end of the month. I think the crew are extremely lucky. It was a very dangerous situation, and i would think very scary for them. Thanks for your response, darkwing, and best wishes.
16 Jun 07
Kay, we're having floods in parts of England and Wales now. The River Don, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, burst its banks, and a soldier on exercise on the North Yorkshire Moors was swept away after falling in a Beck, whilst two of his colleagues were airlifted to safety. There's way too much rain this year! I bet the hosepipe ban will still be enforced though. ha ha ha
17 Jun 07
Thats terrible about the soldier being washes away, his poor family. I think we have had enough rain. But there are still some parts of Australia in severe drought, unfortunately. There are water restrictions here, too. But we can use a hose for 1 hour a day between 5pm and 6pm, i think. That is here where i live. Some other areas have a lot stricter restrictions. Best wishes to you, darkwing, and hope the rain stops there soon
15 Jun 07
Gee Kay, you were a long way from home. I've seen that ship on the news a couple of times. Apparently they have a couple of heavy duty tug boats at the scene now trying to figure out how to move it. It's amazing how they kept it upright considering it's ON the beach in very little water. I hope they don't have to dredge the beach and (worst case scenario) I hope those tanks don't rupture. An oil spill would be catastrophic.
16 Jun 07
Apparently it is a flat bottomed boat, so that is why it hasnt tipped. I dont know if they have worked out how to get it off yet. They are saying it might not be till the end of the month. They are probably keeping a very close eye on the tanks, i would say. Hopefully everything will go fine with it though. Thanks for your response, tickle, and best wishes