Hundreds of fluorescent tubes wash up on beach
HUNDREDS of fluorescent tubes have washed ashore on the blue flag Cefn Sidan beach.
The tubes, which resemble Star Wars lightsabers, came in on Sunday’s early morning tide.
They were discovered by Pembrey Country Park campers who were then keeping their eyes peeled for Darth Vader, Chewbacca or Luke Skywalker and the Stormtroopers.
Ranger Emyr Jenkins said he had to rub his eyes when on beach patrol he came across several wigwams of the glass tubes in the dunes and then noticed a couple further along the beach walking with some of the ‘lightsabers.’
They told him they had been responsible for collecting the tubes off the low water mark where they had been washed up and walking them up the beach to the dunes because they did not want them broken and the glass becoming a danger to beach users.
Mr Jenkins said he thanked them for their public spiritedness before loading all the tubes and taking them to a place of safety for disposal.
A second batch of more than 100 tubes was found on Monday’s tideline.
A Carmarthenshire Council spokesman said that, because people never knew what the tide would deliver on Cefn Sidan, rangers performed a daily beach sweep of the eight to nine-mile long strand line.
The tubes are thought to have been jettisoned from a ship or to have been part of a lost cargo because they all washed ashore within a three-quarter mile stretch of the eight-mile long beach close to the Visitor’s Centre.
Over recent years there have been finds of a batch of 500 deck chairs, thousands of bottles of sun tan lotion; a drug laden yacht beached; a ship’s container full of new cars; a coconut tree with coconuts still attached and carcasses ranging from narwhale’s, dolphins and sharks and many maritime, aviation, human, animal and sea creature skeleton remains.