Yoga mats latest debris to wash up after container spill off the coast of Port Stephens and Mid North Coast

YOGA: The mats were salvaged off Fingal Island. Picture: NSW Maritime

YOGA: The mats were salvaged off Fingal Island. Picture: NSW Maritime

YOGA mats made up the latest load of debris to wash ashore at Port Stephens. 

The mats were salvaged off Fingal Island on the weekend. 

Winds and tides have thrown up more waste from the YM Efficiency container spill earlier this month. More than 942 cubic metres of debris has already been collected.

Two of the 83 containers which fell overboard have been located at Yacaaba Head and Fingal Bay. Work to remove both containers has begun and will continue into next week, weather permitting. 

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has also confirmed that a sub-sea search will be undertaken in the coming days to locate submerged containers.

Additional debris was located and cleared around Fingal beach, Treachery, Lighthouse Point and at Jimmy’s Beach over the weekend.

Findings on how the accident occurred are subject to Commonwealth investigations and the outcomes won’t be known for some months.

Community members are also encouraged to continue reporting debris on 13 12 36, selecting option two. For further information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/containerincident

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