Kiwi fridges invade Aussie shores

DAN PROUDMAN
Last updated 15:03 14/04/2014
Fisher and Paykel fridges
DEBBIE KROGH

BEACHED AS: The Fisher and Paykel fridges.

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A top-shelf clean-up operation is needed after a shipping container carrying refrigerators ended up on a popular Australian beach.

The Krogh family of five were taking an early morning walk along Shelly Beach, on New South Wales' central coast, today when they first noticed the container and then its contents trapped in the sand.

"Normally we see dolphins when we go for a walk, but this morning it was fridges," Debbie Krogh told The Newcastle Herald.

Huge swells from a low pressure system in the Tasman Sea are believed to have pushed the container, almost certainly lost off a ship, towards the beach.

The waves ripped open the container, allowing the new Fisher & Paykel fridges to float into the sea.

Whiteware giant Fisher & Paykel is based in East Tamaki, Auckland but also has manufacturing plants in Queensland, as well as in the US, Mexico and Thailand.

Seven fridges were found on the beach. It is unclear how many had been in the container.

Wyong Shire Council released a statement warning beachgoers that the fridges could present a danger.

The statement said the council had fenced off the area as it liaises with authorities about how the fridges and container could be removed.

-Fairfax Australia

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