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In pictures: Shipwreck timber

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Thousands of pieces of timber have been washed up on beaches across southern England after cargo ship the Ice Prince sank off the Dorset coast.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

The Greek-registered vessel was carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of sawn timber when it got into difficulties in a storm and its crew was forced to abandon ship.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Timber from the ship drifted 100 miles through the channel. The 10m (33ft) lengths of sawn wood washed up several feet deep on the beaches.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Coastguards said the timber stretched from Littlehampton in West Sussex to Beachy Head in East Sussex.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Worthing beach was closed to allow heavy machinery to remove the washed-up cargo.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Barriers and cordons were erected along the beach and an urgent plea was issued to windsurfers and canoeists over concerns that the floating wood could cause an accident.



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Piles of timber strewn along the coastline



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