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Massive pipes up to a quarter of a mile long have been washed up on beaches near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk creating a new draw for tourists.
The plastic pipelines are between 600 and 1,500 feet long and came loose while being transported at sea to Africa.
Four of the pipes have washed ashore at Winterton, Sea Palling and Eccles on the Norfolk coast between Great Yarmouth and Cromer.
Eight more of the pipelines are still at sea.
Coastguards have issued a safety warning about going too close to the pipes.
Coastguards are monitoring the incident involving the large bore pipes on the East Anglian coast.
Dutch Marine BV supported by Marine Towing Services are working to remove the four pipes which have beached.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says it is working with industry, Local Government, Environmental Regulators and port authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk to resolve the matter as safely and as quickly as possible.
The pipes are nearly seven feet in diameter and brand new.
They are destined for a large project in Algeria in north Africa.
The MCA says that once the four beached pipes are recovered the next phase of the recovery operation will begin.
It is intended that all pipes will be relocated to a single location offshore north of Lowestoft where they will await remedial work to prepare them for final tow back the manufacturers in Norway.
The recovery operation may take several weeks.
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