More waste from container ship was found on Vancouver Island beach

81 bags of Styrofoam, 19 bags of rubbish and 11 helicopter bags of rubbish have also been flown off the beaches of the Cape Palmerston area.

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In a statement released on Monday, the United Command group reported that 71 refrigerators, 81 bags of Styrofoam, 19 bags of rubbish and 11 helicopter slings full of rubbish had been flown off the beaches of the Cape Palmerston area.

The United Command has officials from the Canadian Coast Guard, BC Department of the Environment, Beecher Bay First Nation and the owners of MV Zim Kingston.

Cleanup focus is now shifting to Guise Bay.

To date, four of the 109 containers that went overboard in rough seas west of Juan de Fuca Strait on their way to Vancouver on October 22 have been restored.

Over the next few days, more waste, including car parts and clothing, is expected to drift ashore. Some containers have been seen floating in the sea. If members of the public encounter a container, they should avoid opening the container and calling 1-800-889-8852 immediately.

Several containers fell overboard last week as a result of a fire that broke out in two containers on the deck of the Greek-owned cargo ship moored off Victoria.

dcarigg@postmedia.com

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