Today marks ten years since the MV Pasha Bulker ran ashore during the disastrous storm that hit the Hunter in 2007. The Pasha Bulker stranded on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle. The Master was receiving weather reports by Inmarsat and VHF radio while at anchor. 1.6. He crashed his work van next to me and i gave him a lift home. That weekend we celebrated my dads 60th birthday. An SES volunteer was on hand; guiding us through. The Newcastle Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Serviceused both of their aircraft to winch the Pasha Bulker crew of 22 to safety, transporting them to Nobbys Beach parking lot. Mitigating the health impacts of a natural disaster. About 6pm I tried to run a bath for my toddler, but the plug kept floating in the water. A look back on the Pasha Bulker...ship ... - Visit Newcastle On June 8, 2010 the MV Pasha Bulker, a Panamax bulk carrier of operated by the Lauritzen Bulkers Shipping company and owned by Japanese Disponent Owners. I had not long collected my five year old son from school. I ring management, and they ask why sales were down. The storm killed nine people, including a family of five on the New South Wales Central Coast, and significantly damaged thousands of homes across the region. It was a natural disaster that made international news, synonymous with the image of a large ship, the MV Pasha Bulker, stuck on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach, where it remained for three weeks before being re-floated. comm. Customers, passers-by and employees escape, shut doors, hit security buttons and race out into a metre of water on Darby Street. A series of storm systems impacted coastal regions between the Illawarra and the Hunter during June 2007. The ABC Newcastle documentary is available below. Ramplin’s job was to be lowered to the ship by cable, assist the crew from the bridge to the deck and winch them to the chopper. During a severe storm in June 2007, Pamamax Bulk Carrier, PASHA BULKER, grounded at Newcastle beach, New South Wales, Australia. The bulker had been several miles offshore in ballast waiting for its turn to berth and load some 58,000 tonnes of coal. I quickly realised my predicament - it wasn'r great, but I we were dry - for now. Local News HELLUVA SALVAGE: The Pasha Bulker leaving Newcastle on July 26, 2007. My house was an island. They met that night and became lifelong friends. ran aground during a major storm on 8 June 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales. On Thursday night, June 7, 2007, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of potential extreme weather conditions with a low pressure cell developing just north of Newcastle. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The unladen bulk carrier MV Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobbys Beach at Newcastle, after its captain failed to heed a warning to move out to sea to escape the approaching storm. Being indoors all day I wasn’t aware of the drama unfolding till another resident in our apartment block told me that the driveway was flooded, with water starting to enter the foyers and garages. Within half a minute the water was climbing to the top of the car door. Standing at the register, a few drops of rain.  Seconds later it’s pouring, customers are running into the store and the carpark and gutters are flooded. I shut the store doors – customers trapped, employees trapped, passers-by wanting to escape into store.  I ring management and [they say] keep working, no problem.  Customers and employees’ houses are going under water. Lightning was visible, wind gusts were already reaching 100kmh and they reckoned they had about 90 minutes to get in and out safely. The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007. by Carol Duncan | Jun 9, 2020 | beaches, harbour, people, ships, storms. Heavily pregnant and with a broken ankle, I crutched over to the window to look down my driveway and see a river of water. If he hadn't been there we would have both gone down the drain. Coal ship the Pasha Bulker sits off Nobbys Beach June 8, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia. MV Pasha Bulker leaves Newcastle Harbour 26 July 2007 for repairs in Japan. The next morning, as the waters rose up over the back steps and leeringly close to the floorboards, I called my husband, who was travelling back from the north coast. Ring management: keep working, no problem. Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. Heavily pregnant and with a broken ankle, I crutched over to the window to look down my driveway and see a river of water. She reckoned the Pasha was headed for her living room. It was a wonderful effort by those fellows in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the police who so quickly secured the area.  To get the ship off the beach was a magnificent result. being able to log in or subscribe. Kristen Tola, /images/transform/v1/crop/frm/iKQx4aiD4Q7fvCgDvFeGgz/e90eacb7-a078-41ed-8dfd-1c4c57768733.jpg/r12_0_5322_3000_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg, Newcastle Herald's trusted source for property, SHARK SHOCK: Residents speak of horror as defiant locals return to water, A-League: Jets fight hard to upset Wellington and earn first win of the season, Pandemic delays opening of Nihon University campus, 'I was a shark sceptic', shocked resident says after attack, 'This is a whole different level': Best buds hit big school, W-League: Watch the goals as Jets make statement in rout of Wanderers. The park had been turned into a lake. The Newcastle and Hunter Region will never forget the weekend when storms and floods closed down the heart of Newcastle, the Pasha Bulker went aground on Nobbys Beach and the levee system around Maitland was pushed to its limit. Ten years ago Newcastle made international headlines when the coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobbys Beach during a deadly east coast low. Next day the residents couldn’t start their cars. The Pasha Bulker - once a 225-metre-long symbol of man’s power over the oceans - is now a defenceless cork in a vast bathtub, floundering off a brutal coastline and just minutes from stubbornly entering Hunter folklore. The car in front stalled leaving me no where to go. Despite both of our houses being ruined, these guys helped save many people's lives, including an elderly man trying to get home to his sick wife a few streets away. They had the responsibility to act immediately upon the situation at hand (stranded Pasha Bulker). The wind was so bad that morning that the car was rocking so badly and getting smashed by sand. The next morning, as the waters rose up over the back steps and leeringly close to the floorboards, I called my husband, who was travelling back from the north coast. I managed to navigate the foot of water on the road until we got to Vista Parade, near the storm water drain.  An SES volunteer was on hand; guiding us through. I was working at Merewether baths that day. Still never got to thank and talk to the bloke that helped me clutch start my car after I conked out at Jesmond roundabout. Returning home I met another resident arriving with her brother and his family. I ring management and [they say] keep working, no problem. Whoops!The Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobby's Beach (no, I'm not making these names up. I happened to be working in Zaara Street when my wife rang to tell me that there was a ship in trouble off the Harbour. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007 by Carol Duncan | Jun 9, 2020 | beaches , harbour , people , ships , storms Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. It was refloated and moved to a safe location offshore on 2 July 2007 at … Henry Martin – Victoria Lifeboat crew member. Alarms going off. We sat and watched the whole thing until I was moved on by the police as the rescue chopper was landing. Standing at the register, a few drops of rain. It takes one hour to get home, two kilometres way. Cars were floating by. As we now know it was anything but a relaxing long weekend. 2009). Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. No wonder the bath plug kept floating - the drains were full! Two people died when their four-wheel drive was swept off a bridge by floodwaters at Clarence Town and a man died near Lambton when he was swept into a storm-water drain. No electricity. I always have a camera with me and walked (read: struggled in the conditions) around to the road above Nobby’s Surf Club. I arrived in time to see the Pasha Bulker arrive and to watch the crewmen being retrieved.  At the time my daughter lived in an apartment overlooking Newcastle Baths. Eleven o’clock departure time was an hour ago, yet Newcastle Harbour lay wide, flat, blue… and empty. While waiting in the open ocean outside the harbour to load coal, Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on 8 June 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. I arrived in time to see the Pasha Bulker arrive and to watch the crewmen being retrieved. A man in a tree was calling for help as the water was too deep for him to come out. Ten years ago Newcastle made international headlines when the coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobbys Beach during a deadly east coast low. Pasha Bulker The had been in the Newcastle anchorage since 23 May and anchored about 2.5nM (4.6km) off the coast. The SES guy waded through the freezing water and carried my son out through the window. Returning home I met another resident arriving with her brother and his family. Amanda Whitson About 6pm I tried to run a bath for my toddler, but the plug kept floating in the water. They also helped the SES when they arrived. So I bundled up as much as I could and shoved it high into the wardrobes in case we were flooded. The following day, a man died when a tree fell onto his vehicle at Brunkerville. Here are some of them. Abstract. At least my husband has no excuse forgetting our wedding anniversary.. 10 years this weekend. 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