BEACHCOMERS in East Anglia had the shock of their lives when they took a stroll along a Norfolk beach.
Expecting to see the odd cuttlefish or chunks of seaweed along the shore, they were greeted by a number of gigantic plastic pipes that had been washed-up by Horsey and Sea Palling in Norfolk.
The Norwegian-made bore pipes – normally around two metres in diameter and 100 metres long – broke free when they were being transported to Algeria in mid-July and a passing container ship crashed into them – but they had only just come ashore. Those discovered on the beach ranged from between 200 metres to 480 metres long.
Authorities have said there was no danger from the pipes and that specialist companies Dutch Marine BV and Marine Towing Services were working on removing them.