Sydney Beaches Close Due To Cargo Ship Disaster

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It wasn't long ago that Randwick City Council made the decision to close its beaches due to COVID-19 distancing regulations, now they have closed again - this time due to debris washed up from a cargo ship.

The cargo contains bar stools, food dehydrators, medical face masks (we won't laugh at the irony), shields and goggles, furniture, range hoods, gazebos and cat furniture, a NSW Maritime statement said.

Clovelly, Malabar, Coogee and Maroubra will remained closed until further notice, possibly for the rest of the week.

"People are strongly encouraged not to enter the water due to the risk of larger submerged items still in the surf," the Council said in a Facebook post.

About 40 shipping containers fell off a cargo ship headed to Melbourne from China. Malabar Beach is believed to be one of the worst-affected by the debris.

Items have also washed up at Bondi and at Long Bay Beach, along with Magenta Beach and The Entrance on the Central Coast. More containers have been spotted off Wollongong too.

NSW Maritime's Alex Barrell said 21 of the containers lost at sea are empty, while the ship’s manifest indicates there are no dangerous or hazardous goods among the container contents.

Material is expected to continue washing up over the coming days. Transport for NSW Maritime is the combat agency for this incident and any reports of debris should be notified as soon as possible to [email protected] or by phone to 13 12 36.

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