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Polar Melting event report

Category: Polar Melting
Observation: 10.10.2007
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
State: Province of Eastern Cape
Area: Near St Francis Bay
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Severity: Moderate
Event details
An iceberg, 25 meters in length and 20 meters in height, has been spotted off the Indian Ocean shore in southern South Africa on Monday, described by local experts as an unusual scene. The iceberg, floating 35 nautical miles southeast of St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape Province, was spotted at around 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Monday by those aboard a fishing vessel. "This is very unusual and in fact we don't know of anything in recent history that has being reported this close to South African waters," Craig Lambinon, spokesman of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), was quoted as saying. Lambinon said maritime authorities were taking the report " quite seriously" and the maritime radio services were broadcasting a warning to vessels in the area. The situation would be monitored throughout the night to try to determine the direction and speed of the drift of the iceberg.
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