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Post-Sandy Ocean Junk Poses Safety Hazard, But Cleanup Continues

Seaside Heights boardwalk planks and roller coaster in the ocean on Nov. 9, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Seaside Heights boardwalk planks and roller coaster in the ocean on Nov. 9, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The need for a swift cleanup has grown critical, after Superstorm Sandy swept objects of all sizes into the ocean and posed a potential threat to summer swimmers.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, everything from cars and boats to hot tubs and roller coasters has been found in the ocean along the Jersey Shore.

“What we’ve mostly been seeing is lumber wash-up, but there’s been other segments of junk that’s been out in the ocean that’s been washed away,” said Paul Harris, president of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

The association is helping the cleanup effort, but Harris said every time they haul the debris away, the tide cycle brings another round up.

“As the year goes on and the summer comes on, there’ll be more and more stuff pulled off the beach and it’ll be safe,” Harris said.

But as concern lingers that ocean junk could injure swimmers and damage boats this summer, Harris said everyone has to realize what is going on this year and be aware of their surroundings.

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