Pasha Bulker Evacuation

in #hive-1949132 months ago

Sometimes the ocean can be more angry than we dare imagine. This is a shot from the 2007 grounding and subsequent helicopter evacuation of 22 Filipino and Korean crew members form the Pasha Bulka. The extra-tropical cyclone or east coast low as they are known on the east coast of Australia, was well forecast and the Newcastle port corporation radioed the 56 ships waiting off the coast requesting they move further offshore before the arrival of the approaching storm. Ten of the ships ignored the warning and the Pasha Bulka subsequently became beached with both bow and stern stuck in the sand almost parallel to Nobbys beach in Newcastle. Record ocean swell heights of 14.13m (46ft) were recorded at the deep water buoy 10km (6.2 miles) off Sydney with 296mm (11.6 in) of rain falling in the 24 hour period causing widespread flooding. After two failed attempts the ship itself was eventually salvaged on its third attempt many weeks later at a cost of $1.8 million. The 225 m (738 ft) long, Panamax bulk carrier, was then towed to Japan where the extensive damage to the ship itself was repaired. It was subsequently renamed the MV Drake. New South Wales, Australia. A particularly humbling experience to watch; and one I will never forget. Now that I live on a sailboat I look back on this experience even more intently.


Wider angle landscape shot below


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Absolutely stunning images!! It's been a while since I was last in Newcastle...

Thanks mate. Do you live in Australia?

I did. For a long time. I've been in Thailand 17 years+ now. Solo mom with my just 16 yr old Thai daughter. It's been a while since anyone called me ***mate****. LOL. I speak Thai more than English now, most days. 🤣

Which part of Thailand do you live ?

In a 100 year old traditional Thai teak house, in a small village called Baan Rim Tai in Mae Rim, on the outskirts of Chiang Mai.

A pleasant 1 hr 50 min direct flight to DaNang. 😊


Nice. It is a beautiful part of the world. I have not been up to the north of Thailand since the late 90's.

I would be such a terrible experience in such angry storm.

Yes some poor decisions by the captain

Very big a ship.

It is indeed; you don't normally see them up on the beach lol

Big waves are really scary. So! :D

They can be ; but they are beautiful to watch from a safe location.