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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Huge pipes wash up on British beach

The pipes, approximately 2.5 metres in diameter, came free while under tow off the coast of eastern England 

One of the massive pipes that washed up on a  British beach on August 11, 2017. Reuters
One of the massive pipes that washed up on a British beach on August 11, 2017. Reuters

Four gigantic Norwegian-made plastic pipes up to 480 metres long were discovered washed up on the English coast on Friday.

The pipes, approximately 2.5 metres in diameter, came free while under tow off the eastern coast of England and washed up by the villages of Horsey and Sea Palling in Norfolk. Eight pipes remain under control offshore.

Authorities said the beached pipes, ranging from around 200 metres to 480 meters in length, were new and destined for Algeria.

They said there was no danger or potential for pollution from the pipes. Two specialist companies, Dutch Marine BV and Marine Towing Services, were working to remove them.

All the pipes are expected to be secured at a single location before being towed back to the manufacturer in Norway. Authorities did not release the name of the company or the vessel involved in transporting the pipes.

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