PHOTOS: Hunter's Coastline Hit With Erosion, Rubbish

A major clean up continues..

4 June 2018

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A massive clean up operation is continuing along beaches throughout Port Stephens, following Friday's shipping mishap.

A huge amount of debris is still washing ashore from more than 80 containers that fell overboard from cargo ship YM Efficiency during rough seas off Newcastle.

The 12m containers were mainly full of general household items, however some contained mountain bikes, scooters and even a couple of dual-cab utes.

Authorities say most will end up on the sea floor.

"The containers still floating around are likely to stay in a semi-submerged state for a period time and depending on how damaged they are, they'll sink to the bottom. The vast majority will be lost forever," RMS director Angus Mitchell said.

One of the containers smashed onto rocks at Yacaaba Headland - Christian Patteson (Facebook)

Jimmys Beach at Hawks Nest was among the worst affected areas, with volunteers picking up huge amounts of rubbish.

Debris also washed ashore at Rocky Point near Anna Bay and Fingal Head.

Some of the rubbish collected along Jimmys Beach - Brooke Belinda (Facebook)

Jimmys Beach also suffered further erosion following several days of large waves pounding the coastline.

Two locations along The Boulevarde have been impacted, leaving residents with beachfront homes on edge.

"There is certainly a nervous feel right through the community, it's very unsettling for those who live along there," Gordon Grainger from the Myall River Action Group said.

Jimmys Beach is reeling from further erosion - Charlie Holtom (Facebook)

The Boulevarde has been impacted yet again by erosion Greg Richardson (Facebook)

Stockton Beach also suffered severe erosion, prompting renewed calls for a long-term solution.



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