Large marine pipes washed up on Chumphon beach

Long lengths of rubber pipe, thought to be from an oil rig in the Gulf, washed up on Bang Bert beach in Pathiu district of Chumphon province remained unclaimed on Tuesday. (Photos by Amnart Thongdee)

CHUMPHON: Fourteen big rubber pipes, measuring 154 metres in length overall, found washed up on a tourist beach on Monday morning remained unclaimed on Tuesday.

Boonsong Jaruek, Moo 5 village headman in tambon Pak Klong Pathiu, said the pipes washed ashore on Bang Bert beach.

There were 14 altogether, each 11 metres long and 80 centimetres in diameter. They had labelling in English, along with the logo "Oil & Marine" and "manuli". There was a black tar-like coating on the inside of the pipes, Mr Boonsong said.

Local fishermen had reported seeing the pipes floating offshore recently.

Pathiu district chief Thanon Panpeepas said the beach was popular with tourists, and speculated the pipes might have come from a petroleum production rig in the Gulf of Thailand.

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