Hundreds of thousands of packets of cigarettes have washed up on Chesil Beach in Dorset.
They were lost from a cargo ship in the bay of Biscay last week.
The container washed ashore near Seaton at the weekend and now loose packets are coming in on the waves.
Scavengers have been picking over the cargo, looking for cigarettes, but many leave disappointed.
The packets have been soaked by the sea.
Officers from HM Revenue & Customs and the Border Force arrived today to start clearing up the packets.
The line of rubbish stretches for many miles along the coast and there are reports of cigarettes washing ashore at West Bexington and Abbotsbury too.
Duncan Sleightholme reports:-