Mystery wreckage washes up on beach

By Sina Filifilia Seva’aetasi ,

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DISCOVERED: Phillip Marsden said they removed the car battery pictured on top so it would not further contaminate the water.

DISCOVERED: Phillip Marsden said they removed the car battery pictured on top so it would not further contaminate the water. (Photo: Supplied)

A massive piece of wreckage has been discovered in the lagoon of Vavau Beach, south of Upolu. 

 A concerned member of the public, Phillip Marsden, alerted the Samoa Observer about the finding yesterday.

Mr. Marsden had travelled to the secluded beach on Sunday afternoon with his mates when the astonishing discovery was made.  

Of course, like most people, the group inspected the massive piece of debris floating around. 

 “Upon discovery, there was a lose car battery placed on top of the piece,” he said. 

“Together with my friends, we removed the battery and placed it on the beach - not ideal, but at least it won’t contaminate the water anymore. 

“There are lose electronic wires and rubber pipes dangling from the piece - the entire piece has clearly been torn off a larger structure.”

FOUND: Massive piece of wreckage found at Vavau Beach.
FOUND: Massive piece of wreckage found at Vavau Beach.

Upon inspection, Mr. Marsden believes the piece has been in the water for quite some time.

“Judging by the (decaying) barnacles on the piece, it may have been in deeper water for quite some,” he said.  

He also noted that there were no additional pieces floating in proximity or in the open ocean.  

Unfortunately, Mr. Marsden said that upon inspection there were no distinguishable markings to help identify its origins.

More importantly, now that its washed up ashore, there what will happen to the debris.  

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been notified about the wreckage.

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