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Mystery pink bottles wash up along UK coast


Posted on Tuesday, 5 January, 2016 | Comment icon 24 comments

The bottles have spoiled the usually pristine Cornish coastline. Image Credit: Raimond Spekking CC BY-SA 4.0
A beach in Cornwall has been deluged by thousands of bright neon pink bottles over the last few days.
The bizarre problem began on Sunday night when at least 2,000 of the brightly-colored detergent bottles turned up on Britain's southernmost shores. Volunteers at Poldhu Beach in Cornwall have since been attempting the unenviable task of picking them all up however more are arriving all the time and it looks like they might continue to deluge the coast for weeks.

"Cornwall Council has been made aware of reports of plastic bottles washed up on Poldhu Beach," said a spokeswoman. "The National Trust, who own the beach, have arranged for the bottles to be cleared away. In the meantime the public are advised to keep children and dogs at a safe distance from the bottles should any more be washed up."


It isn't clear exactly where the bottles are coming from however the most likely explanation is that they fell off the back of a container ship before being carried by the tide for hundreds of miles.

"I think they will be coming in for months," said Poldhu Beach cafe owner Ross Hocking. "The way the wind and tide is going, it will be a long time before they stop completely coming in."

Source: Scotsman | Comments (24)

Tags: Beach, Cornwall, Bottles

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Eldorado on 6 January, 2016, 15:25
Cornwall's own fault for making itself the camp site of Britain.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Norbert the Powerful on 6 January, 2016, 15:32
A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. And if one pink bottle should accidentally fall, there'd be ...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado on 6 January, 2016, 15:38
A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. And if one pink bottle should accidentally fall, there'd be ... Theatrical hysterics.
Comment icon #18 Posted by acute on 6 January, 2016, 18:29
A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. A thousand pink bottles, sitting on the shore. And if one pink bottle should accidentally fall, there'd be ... I'm not sure. 99 Red Balloons?
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin on 6 January, 2016, 18:40
I'm not sure. 99 Red Balloons?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Silent Trinity on 7 January, 2016, 12:54
Looks like the kind of bottles used by the 'Vanish' brand, clearly a container has gone overboard or some other such incident. Not a mystery really, just a lack of correct reporting procedures on the part of some lack lustre ship's Captain probably lol.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 7 January, 2016, 13:47
Comment icon #22 Posted by Ryu on 7 January, 2016, 13:52
Anyone notice how all the bottles have, conveniently, no labels whatsoever on them? Wonder why that would be?
Comment icon #23 Posted by pallidin on 7 January, 2016, 19:08
Anyone notice how all the bottles have, conveniently, no labels whatsoever on them? Wonder why that would be? That's normal. No labels will allow for end manufacturing from multiple vendors to place their own labels depending on product. Similar to beer bottles and other "generic" containers.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Norbert the Powerful on 7 January, 2016, 19:10
Anyone notice how all the bottles have, conveniently, no labels whatsoever on them? Wonder why that would be? They came off in the water?


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