The following day, a man died when a tree fell onto his vehicle at Brunkerville. comm. Kerri Schofield I had not long collected my five year old son from school.  The street out front had become a river overflowing onto the footpaths and cascading down the driveway.  At the end near Gregson Park the water was up to the thighs and flowing so strongly that staying upright was quite an effort.  The park had been turned into a lake.  A man in a tree was calling for help as the water was too deep for him to come out. I always have a camera with me and walked (read: struggled in the conditions) around to the road above Nobby’s Surf Club. It was a wonderful effort by those fellows in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the police who so quickly secured the area. They also helped the SES when they arrived. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  The wind was so bad that morning that the car was rocking so badly and getting smashed by sand.  I had only gone in for a drive with my nine-month-old as we had had a bad night the night before.  We sat and watched the whole thing until I was moved on by the police as the rescue chopper was landing. This was towards the inner edge of the anchorage, closest to the coast and potentially dangerous in the forecast conditions. The Pasha Bulker was built in 2006 by Sasebo Heavy Industries Co., and sails under the flag of … A family of four and a nephew were killed when a section of road collapsed under their car as they drove along the Pacific Highway at Somersby on the Central Coast. The most significant of them, which struck on June 8-9, is still referred to as the “Pasha Bulker” storm, after the 76,000-tonne bulk carrier that ran aground near Newcastle. Next day the residents couldn’t start their cars. The SES guy waded through the freezing water and carried my son out through the window. Next morning there’s damage everywhere, trees down. I had not long collected my five year old son from school. 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 225-metre long coal ship with 21 crew on board and... Clearing skies and calmer seas greet the coal ship the Pasha Bulker as it sits off Nobbys Beach June 9, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia. There was no sign that an injured Panamax freighter was about to leave the people of this busy little sea port, to whom it became so endeared. I managed to navigate the foot of water on the road until we got to Vista Parade, near the storm water drain. Heavily pregnant and with a broken ankle, I crutched over to the window to look down my driveway and see a river of water. They met that night and became lifelong friends. The bowling club we held it at was the only place in Jesmond that had power for days. A series of storm systems impacted coastal regions between the Illawarra and the Hunter during June 2007. 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. Newcastle Herald readers have shared their memories of June 2007 this week in the lead up to today’s anniversary of the deadly storms. I couldn't get out. Cheers bloke. Still never got to thank and talk to the bloke that helped me clutch start my car after I conked out at Jesmond roundabout. Although each separate storm was characteristically quite different, collectively, these storms resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage, coastal erosion, a record number of callouts for State Emergency Service assistance, grounding of the Pasha Bulker… It takes one hour to get home, two kilometres way. A look back on the Pasha Bulker...ship ... - Visit Newcastle 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. He is turning 70 this week, and we certainly remember this wet weekend. I had just started work at Newcastle Port Corporation and the place went off on that day! 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. John Porter​ 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.  Soon it was knee-deep.   Next day the residents couldn’t start their cars. ... Pasha Bulker: Newcastle's stories from the 2007 storm Matt Carr; Local News +273. They met that night and became lifelong friends.  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. One of the most significant meteorological events in Australian history, the ‘Pasha Bulker Storm’ was an east coast low (ECL) which affected the east coast of Australia between Illawarra and the Hunter in June 2007. I was sitting in Nobbys car park watching the Pasha Bulker beach itself. Alarms going off. 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. Newcastle Herald readers have shared their memories of June 2007 this week in the lead up to today’s anniversary of the deadly storms. At 2am on Saturday, June 9, a second low hit the city. No wonder the bath plug kept floating - the drains were full! Ten years ago Newcastle made international headlines when the coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobbys Beach during a deadly east coast low. A minute later my car left the road and upended against the drain fence. Authorities alerted the vessels that a severe storm was approaching and requested all the vessels to move further out to sea. being able to log in or subscribe. MV Drake, previously known as Pasha Bulker, is a Panamax bulk carrier of 76,741 tonnes deadweight (DWT) operated by the Lauritzen Bulkers shipping company and owned by Japanese Disponent Owners. That morning Mr Donaldson, 28, was one of three jet ski operators who rode out with Newcastle’s head lifeguard Warren Smith asked to support the helicopter rescue mission on the Pasha Bulker. Medical Journal of Australia – Mitigating the health impacts of a natural disaster. Pasha Bulker The had been in the Newcastle anchorage since 23 May and anchored about 2.5nM (4.6km) off the coast. Two neighbours in Hobart Road New Lambton, Brett Slaney and Brett Harley, went door to door rescuing our elderly neighbours and their pets. Without these two events the capacity of the Hunter Water system at the time of the Pasha Bulker storm would have been about 35% capacity instead of the 82% that actually occurred (Berghout 2009). I ring management, and they ask why sales were down. While waiting to load coal the Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on June 8, 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle… I arrived in time to see the Pasha Bulker arrive and to watch the crewmen being retrieved. 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. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Fifth anniversary of Pasha Bulker grounding By Jeannette McMahon ( online producer ) It's five years ago today that a massive bulk carrier was grounded on the sands of one of Newcastle… The Pasha Bulker was one of some 50 vessels moored off shore off the port. The Pasha Bulker storm increased the water stored by a further 15% to 97% (Hunter Water, pers. Emergency workers from the police, ambulance, and fire services worked to help people in need. There was disastrous damage caused by the flooding but more was to come. Mitigating the health impacts of a natural disaster. Henry Martin – Victoria Lifeboat crew member. I couldn't get out. I had only gone in for a drive with my nine-month-old as we had had a bad night the night before. Sign up to receive our Breaking News Alerts and Editor's Daily Headlines featuring the best local news and stories. An SES volunteer was on hand; guiding us through. To get the ship off the beach was a magnificent result. I was at work getting deliveries ready at a wine and beer store. Abstract. At the time my daughter lived in an apartment overlooking Newcastle Baths. People trapped in floating cars. Ring management: keep working, no problem. 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. That weekend we celebrated my dads 60th birthday. 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. So I bundled up as much as I could and shoved it high into the wardrobes in case we were flooded. 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. 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. I was working at Merewether baths that day. The storm killed nine people, including a family of five on the New South Wales Central Coast, and. 13 years on, we take a closer look at the weather system that caused all the drama as we brace for the winter storm season. If he hadn't been there we would have both gone down the drain. So I bundled up as much as I could and shoved it high into the wardrobes in case we were flooded. Melissa Slaney I was sitting in Nobbys car park watching the Pasha Bulker beach itself. The storm had been raging most of the day but there was an eerie calm as the eye passed over.  As we were coming back through Kotara towards my mothers house the storm intensified again. TeAira Roimata Adams Still never got to thank and talk to the bloke that helped me clutch start my car after I conked out at Jesmond roundabout. 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The waves were breaking in slow motion due how big they were. Coal ship the Pasha Bulker sits off Nobbys Beach June 8, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia. Amanda Whitson About 6pm I tried to run a bath for my toddler, but the plug kept floating in the water. Heavily pregnant and with a broken ankle, I crutched over to the window to look down my driveway and see a river of water. As we now know it … Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. ABC Newcastle production of the 2007 June Long Weekend storms and floods. I ring management and [they say] keep working, no problem. While waiting to load coal the Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on June 8, 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Returning home I met another resident arriving with her brother and his family. MV Pasha Bulker leaves Newcastle Harbour 26 July 2007 for repairs in Japan. 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. At the end near Gregson Park the water was up to the thighs and flowing so strongly that staying upright was quite an effort. Local News HELLUVA SALVAGE: The Pasha Bulker leaving Newcastle on July 26, 2007. Whoops!The Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobby's Beach (no, I'm not making these names up. IT is a rumour that has survived a decade that a TV producer asked the Newcastle Port Corporation if his network’s star duo could broadcast from the deck of the Pasha Bulker. Remembering the Pasha Storm -- on until 11 June 2017 -- features a memory wall for visitors to leave their own recollections and experiences from the June 2007 storm. It was refloated and moved to a safe location offshore on 2 July 2007 at … June 8 is a date that will live long in the memories of Novocastrians, the day a ship called the Pasha Bulker took an entire city by surprise. It was an amazing experience! It takes one hour to get home, two kilometres way. The waves were breaking in slow motion due how big they were. 2009). Alarms going off.  Customers, passers-by and employees escape, shut doors, hit security buttons and race out into a metre of water on Darby Street. 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. The storm had been raging most of the day but there was an eerie calm as the eye passed over. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). The trail of mistakes and incompetence began on the evening of June 7 when warnings about an approaching storm were issued to 56 ships anchored off Newcastle. Their home on the other side of the park had been flooded. He detoured to Nobbys Beach, and in a phonecall from there said "There's a ship on MY beach!". Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress.com. It was an amazing experience! He is turning 70 this week, and we certainly remember this wet weekend.  The bowling club we held it at was the only place in Jesmond that had power for days. As we now know it was anything but a relaxing long weekend. Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Lost Newcastle. Soon it was knee-deep. We sat and watched the whole thing until I was moved on by the police as the rescue chopper was landing. Another man died during a house fire that, it is believed, was started by a candle being used during the blackouts caused by the storm. The bulker had been several miles offshore in ballast waiting for its turn to berth and load some 58,000 tonnes of coal. Cars were floating by. She reckoned the Pasha was headed for her living room. As we now know it was anything but a relaxing long weekend. 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. The storm had been raging most of the day but there was an eerie calm as the eye passed over.  As we were coming back through Kotara towards my mothers house the storm intensified again. As we were coming back through Kotara towards my mothers house the storm intensified again. During a severe storm in June 2007, Pamamax Bulk Carrier, PASHA BULKER, grounded at Newcastle beach, New South Wales, Australia. Here are some of them. Pasha Bulker. Council's flood experts are teaming up with Newcastle Museum and the community on an exhibition to commemorate the 10 th anniversary of the epic Pasha Bulker storm that claimed nine lives. Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. ran aground during a major storm on 8 June 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales. 1.6. Within half a minute the water was climbing to the top of the car door. The SES guy waded through the freezing water and carried my son out through the window.  A minute later my car left the road and upended against the drain fence. The park had been turned into a lake. The wind was so bad that morning that the car was rocking so badly and getting smashed by sand. As we now know it … However, on completion of the rescue, the aircraft had to abandon the flight back to their Broadmeadow bas… I shut the store doors – customers trapped, employees trapped, passers-by wanting to escape into store. No electricity. I thought my colleague was pulling my leg when he said there's a ship on Nobbys Beach… Jacki McKenna Two neighbours in Hobart Road New Lambton, Brett Slaney and Brett Harley, went door to door rescuing our elderly neighbours and their pets. Eleven o’clock departure time was an hour ago, yet Newcastle Harbour lay wide, flat, blue… and empty. My house was an island. The worst affected was their Labrador dog. People trapped in floating cars. The car in front stalled leaving me no where to go. 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. Sean Anthony Lennon At least my husband has no excuse forgetting our wedding anniversary.. 10 years this weekend. About 6pm I tried to run a bath for my toddler, but the plug kept floating in the water. Over the next 12 hours this low generated gale force south easterlies that buffeted the city until midday on Friday, June 8, redeveloping in the middle of the afternoon as a line of thunderstorms that ceaselessly battered Newcastle throughout the evening, causing life threatening flash flooding in low lying area. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. He crashed his work van next to me and i gave him a lift home. Standing at the register, a few drops of rain. Cars were floating by. Returning home I met another resident arriving with her brother and his family. The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007. by Carol Duncan | Jun 9, 2020 | beaches, harbour, people, ships, storms. I quickly realised my predicament - it wasn'r great, but I we were dry - for now. The Pasha Bulker stranded on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle. 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! My house was an island. The street out front had become a river overflowing onto the footpaths and cascading down the driveway. Their home on the other side of the park had been flooded.  The worst affected was their Labrador dog.  He was quite traumatized. He was quite traumatized. Within half a minute the water was climbing to the top of the car door. Ken Reid That weekend we celebrated my dads 60th birthday. The Master was receiving weather reports by Inmarsat and VHF radio while at anchor. 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. I quickly realised my predicament - it wasn'r great, but I we were dry - for now. 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. Next morning there’s damage everywhere, trees down. They also helped the SES when they arrived. 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. The story of the Pasha holds a special place within Newcastle history; however, few Novocastrians are familiar with Varley’s unique role within the vessel’s salvage operation. by Carol Duncan | Jun 9, 2020 | beaches, harbour, people, ships, storms | 0 comments. Most people in Newcastle and the Hunter were looking forward to a relaxing long weekend, planning a few days off. 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. I ring management, and they ask why sales were down. The total death toll rose to ten. Here are some of them.  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. If he hadn't been there we would have both gone down the drain. Cheers bloke.  Kemal Alagic I was working at Merewether baths that day. 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. The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007. by Carol Duncan | Jun 9, 2020 | beaches, harbour, people, ships, storms. 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. Lightning was visible, wind gusts were already reaching 100kmh and they reckoned they had about 90 minutes to get in and out safely. 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. The ABC Newcastle documentary is available below. Customers, passers-by and employees escape, shut doors, hit security buttons and race out into a metre of water on Darby Street. The car in front stalled leaving me no where to go. 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. Today marks ten years since the MV Pasha Bulker ran ashore during the disastrous storm that hit the Hunter in 2007. He crashed his work van next to me and i gave him a lift home. I thought my colleague was pulling my leg when he said there's a ship on Nobbys Beach…. Ring management: keep working, no problem. The other two were Josh Ferris and Mr Smith’s son Rhys. Ruth Norman I was at work getting deliveries ready at a wine and beer store. No electricity. Customers and employees’ houses are going under water. The MV Pasha Bulker is a 76,741 tonne deadweight Panamax bulk carrier operated by the Lauritzen Bulkers Shipping company. They had the responsibility to act immediately upon the situation at hand (stranded Pasha Bulker). At least my husband has no excuse forgetting our wedding anniversary.. 10 years this weekend. 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