Debris stricken beach

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Those hanging out for a spot of sunbathing at Tahunanui Beach after work will have to clear the sand to find a spot.

Evidence of last week’s heavy rain event continues to pop up, with mounds and long trails of logs, driftwood and washed up debris strewn across the popular and usually beautifully sandy beach.

Nelson Harbourmaster Dave Duncan says the large amount of debris in the port has proved problematic.

“We’ve experienced vessel’s engines overheating because of the amount of silt, wood and dirt that’s floating in the water, I experienced some debris catching on the propeller of my yacht last night.”

“[The debris] is a lot less now because most of it is on the beach but there’s still a bit out there in the water so the advice to boaties is to keep a very sharp lookout,” says Dave.