Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers

Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers
A STOMPer hopes that the damaged breakwaters in Sembawang's beach will be repaired soon as swimmers have a high risk of getting injured by the dislodged stones.

He also hopes that after repairing them, coastal erosion will be reduced too. Save our coastline before it's too late, says the STOMPer.

Marine engineer told STOMP via email today (Jul 15):

"These pictures were taken at the beach at the end of Sembawang Road near the former Wak Hassan kampung.

"The breakwater was built some years back to protect the shoreline but now holes have appeared owing to the daily pounding of the waves from the Johor Straits.
Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers
"Parts of the breakwater had been damaged and the stones were dislodged and strewn all over the beach.

"Some are now covered with barnacles and these are hazardous to swimmers.
Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers
"The ground above the tide level has green grass but because of soil erosion the grass and soil have disappeared. The sandy beach is now nearer to the shore line.
Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers
"Some mangrove trees have exposed roots and in time to come they will fall and perish in a watery grave.
Stones dislodged from damaged breakwaters are a danger to swimmers
"I hope the breakwater can be repaired and something can be done to save our mangrove trees and the soil before the waves make more inroads into our coastline.

"Since NParks has been maintaining the Sembawang Park nearby, why not build some boardwalks here so that the public can have a place to relax during the weekends."

Related posts: The glory and the sad end of a giant tree (20th June 2009)
Serious soil erosion at Pasir Ris Park (14th June 2009)
More trees will be destroyed by waves hitting shoreline (5th June 2009)
Waves seriously eroding our northern shoreline at Kranji Reservoir (31st May 2009)

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