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21 awaiting rescue from shipwreck
June 08, 2007 10:51am
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EMERGENCY crews are scrambling to evacuate 21 people from a container ship that has run aground off Newcastle, New South Wales.
The ship, which has no cargo on board, struck rocks on the coast near Nobbys Head about 10am.

Emergency teams are evacuating everyone on board, but it is not believed anyone has been injured.

The Pasher Bulker, a large coal ship with a capacity of more than 40,000 tonnes broke its moorings in heavy seas this morning.
 

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NSW braces for storms, huge waves

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NSW braces for storms, huge waves
June 07, 2007 11:17pm
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http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21869896-1242,00.html

HUGE surf with waves exceeding five metres and flooding rains are expected to hit many parts of eastern NSW tomorrow.

A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology is current for the Hunter, metropolitan Sydney, Central Tablelands and Illawarra and the South Coast regions.

Heavy rain is expected to cause flash flooding in the Hunter and parts of Sydney and the Central Tablelands tomorrow.

Damaging surf conditions, with waves exceeding five metres, are likely to produce significant beach erosion between Newcastle and Port Hacking on Friday afternoon, and between Port Hacking and Moruya on Friday night.

Surf Life Saving Australia recommends people stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

SES spokesman Phil Campbell said there were 75 calls for help between Wollongong and the mid-north coast yesterday.

And he added the worst of the weather was yet to come.

Most of the calls so far had been in response to minor flooding and gutters overflowing into ceilings, he said.

“But there has not been much wind around so far so fortunately there has not been many trees and things like that coming down,” he said.
 

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'Panic stations': ship aground

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http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/panic-stations-ship-aground/2007/06/08/1181089282623.html

'Panic stations': ship aground
Jano Gibson and Rod Quinn
June 8, 2007 - 11:18AM

The ship is running aground.

Photo: smh.com.au reader

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Wild weather lashes Sydney

A major emergency is underway in Newcastle with a bulk carrier ship breaking its mooring and running aground 50 metres off a beach this morning.

Authorities are frantically working to avert a potentially major environmental disaster as the ship, the Pasha Bulker, with 21 crew on board, threatens to move closer towards Nobbys Beach, near the Newcastle Baths.

Acting Inspector Kirren Steel, at Newcastle Police, told smh.com.au: "It's a bit of panic stations at the moment.''

She said the ship was "balancing just on the reef'' between 50 and 100 metres of the beach.

Massive waves are crashing into and over the ship, with the bow swinging towards the beach.

A local resident said it was like nothing he had seen before.

"It's right between the flags where people usually swim and there's this massive ship,'' he said.

"There were people everywhere. As word got out people started coming from everywhere - there were hundreds. Driving out, the number of cars going in to have a sticky was amazing. There were police everywhere, choppers as well.''

The resident said people can swim out further than where the ship is aground.

"The waves were actually going over the top. The conditions were horrible, if they were out on the deck they would have been washed away,'' he said, referring to the crew.

The Pasha Bulker, a 225-metre long coal ship built last year, has 700 tonnes of heavy fuel and 34 tonnes of diesel on board.

It does not have any coal on board. It had been due to pick up a load 68,000 tonnes of coal on June 12.

The crew members will stay on board to help attach lines from two tug boats that have been mobilised.

Jim Sullivan, the news director of local TV station NBN, said: "I can't see any sign of the crew on board''.

He added that there appeared to be no immediate attempt to get the crew them off the vessel.

A local port authority helicopter, as well as a Westpac helicopter, had circled the stricken ship however unrelenting gales meant any evacuation at this stage unlikely.

"The wind is extremely strong here,'' he told Sky News. "You can hardly stand up.''

He said gales, surf and tide were pushing the ship further into the beach and within a few hours, he said the crew would "just about be able to walk off''.

Ships are normally anchored two to five kilometres off the coast but the wild weather, including winds of more than 100 kilometres an hour, had caused it to break its moorings.

Two ambulance helicopters are on the ground.

A spokesman for ambulance media said they would be launched after the Ports Authority's first attempts to pull the ship from where it is lodged.

"From what I understand the Ports Authority are putting their tug out to see if it can pull it off the reef. A command post has been set up there, with police and ambulance officers,'' he said.

A number of ambulances are in Nobbys car park waiting to treat crew if necessary when they are brought from the ship.

Ambulance media said there were 21 crew aboard, but no injuries had been reported.

- with Erik Jensen
 

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Talk on the radio of seas as big as the storms of 1974.
I went to Coogee in that year and found waves breaking against the esplanade wall, no sand in sight. When it was over, the waves had exposed the old concrete footings from the long demilished Coogee fun pier. They added a deadly obsticle to any body surfing for a while.
 

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i'm being told by people at work that schools and workplaces in the newcastle/central coast area are closing and sending people home. it's apparently going to hit sydney hard very soon.
 

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I'm hearing another two ships could ground.

It's not as bad as 1974, winds are only around 100km/h in Newcastle. Winds in excess of 165km was reported in the 1974 storm.

Raining moderately at my place though and its not as heavy as in other suburbs. It's the wind thats the problem though.
 

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Never under estimate the power of the sea.

There needs to be an investigation into the ships Captains actions though, he shouldn't be that close to the shore with that sort of storm coming.
 

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The two ships that were in danger of grounding at Newcastle beaches (including the one off Stockton) have been able to steer out to sea.

There is the risk the grounded vessel could break up.
 

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The two ships that were in danger of grounding at Newcastle beaches (including the one off Stockton) have been able to steer out to sea.

There is the risk the grounded vessel could break up.
It seems like a write off anyway. Just take off all the fuel and environmentally damaging stuff and let it sit there I say!!
 

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I can't see them being too keen to leave that on one of Newcastles most popular swimming a surfing beaches. It also dominates the beach visually which won't be popluar as Nobby's beach is an icon for Newcastle. Perhaps if it had grounded off Stockton beach like the Sygna did leaving it there could be an attraction to surfers etc.
 

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^^^^ nuts - I'm feeling sea sick just looking at those pics.
 

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a night club owner in newcastle wants the pasha bulka to remain where it is on nobby's beach and he wants to turn it into a club called "[email protected]'s". he owns another club in newcastle called "fannies".
 
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