Thousands of face masks wash up on Sydney beaches

Large swell caused the ship to roll and stacks of containers destabilised and fell into 2km-deep water, forcing the vessel to turn around and head towards Brisbane. Waverley Council mayor Paula Masselos said the washed up debris has forced the closure of Malabar Beach while Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama remain open.  'We're asking people not to touch the items deeming them unsafe. They might be contaminated,' Ms Masselos told Daily Telegraph.  A Randwick Council spokesperson confirmed that it is highly likely the beaches will be closed if debris continues to wash ashore.  Waverley councillor Sally Betts noted that members of the community were collecting face masks and silver packages off the beach and placing them in bins.  Local resident Aliy Pott said the news about the cargo washing up on the beaches stressed her out and knew she had to go out and help clean up the shore at Coogee.  'I saw a post last night before going to bed that someone had posted so I set my alarm for 6.30am and took down gloves and extra bags in case other people wanted to help clean up,' the 25-year-old told Daily Mail Australia.  'I would love to go back down the next few days and I’m hoping that other people are feeling inspired to do the same thing because it’s going to need a lot more than one person to do it. Mr Schwartz said reports were received of face masks washing up between Magenta Beach and The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast. The APL England - under different management - previously lost 37 containers in the Great Australian Bight in August 2016, also due to heavy rolling in rough seas.