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In pictures: Timber washes ashore

Timber on beach

Timber which fell from a cargo ship in the English Channel began to wash ashore in Kent on Thursday.

Timber on beach

Hundreds of tonnes of the wood can now be seen around Ramsgate and Margate.

Timber on beach

Staff from Dover Coastguard have warned people not to risk entering the water to recover wood.

Man surveys wood

The Russian-registered Sinegorsk shed its 1,500-tonne load during rough seas on Monday.

The timber from above

The vessel has now berthed in Southampton to allow damage to be assessed.


Under UK law, the shed cargo remains the property of the original owner.

A dog stands near the timber on Ramsgate beach

Some local residents were even more bemused than others by the unexpected sight on the beach.

Welcome to Ramsgate sign made from the wood

But others have put the wood to good use, as this message shows.

Woman and her son play on timber washed up on Ramsgate beach

Ramsgate resident Ella and her three-year-old son Deon found the washed-up wood made a good temporary playground.

Men with timber on Ramsgate beach

By Friday morning timber was being removed from the beach by people prepared to brave the winds, rain and tide.

Man holding piece of timber on Ramsgate beach

Even moving single pieces of timber could be a bit of a challenge.

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