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Last Updated: Monday January 21 2008 16:37 GMT

In pictures: Shipwreck timber

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Here's a sight for saw eyes! Thousands of pieces of timber have been washed up on beaches across southern England after a cargo ship, called the Ice Prince, sank.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

The ship 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 lengths of wood have washed up in tall piles. These girls have made a see-saw!

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 machinery to remove the washed-up timber.

Timber washed up on Worthing beach

Barriers were put up along the beach and windsurfers and canoeists were warned to stay away incase the floating wood caused an accident.



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