In early February, 2009, in rough seas 14 miles off the coast of Sussex, England, Russian cargo ship Sinegorsk lost its load of 1500 tonnes of sawn timber, which washed ashore on the beaches of Kent. The police issued warnings, but scavengers came out in force.
Daily Mail has several great shots of people braving the icy surf and a high wall to claim the lumber, which is apparently still the rightful property of the original owner, according to law. Police were powerless to stop the looters, or didn’t care hard enough :) The article and comments shed a little bit of contradictory light on the maritime laws.
I think this is one of those times when you rent a flatbed truck, or in this case, a “lorry.”
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator