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Mysterious 200kg blue container washes ashore on Garden Route

According to the NSRI website, Garden Route Fire and Rescue Services are dealing with a 200kg blue dangerous chemical sealed container found washed ashore at Jongensfonteinstrand near Stilbaai in the Western Cape.

DRM (Disaster Risk Management) Garden Route (GRDRM) has confirmed that the sealed container containing hazardous dangerous chemicals is not a present risk and will be recovered on Saturday by a Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) Fire and Rescue Services team.

However, there are concerns that, there may be a further three containers adrift at sea in the area – or already washed ashore – along that stretch of coastline.

According to records, a 200kg blue container of this nature is normally carried in a pallet of four containers.

No reports of any chemical container missing

While it cannot be confirmed that three containers are missing or remain adrift at sea and/or washed ashore, GRDRM authorities are appealing to boaters and public members not to approach the container, but to immediately call GRDRM ON 044 805 5071 or the National Ambulance Emergency number 10177.

At the time of publishing there have been no reports of any dangerous chemical containers missing off any ship at sea and it therefore remains unclear where the container originated.

WC Government Health EMS Metro Control, DRM (Disaster Risk Management), MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority), Western Cape Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services, NSRI and TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) have all been alerted.

Meanwhile, in other NSRI-related news, a Cape Town man tragically died after drowning while fishing in Mossel Bay.

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