Local News for Tuesday 31st October 2017
Fruit salad on the beach
Islanders are being urged to look out for fruit on the beaches of the Western Isles, after a cargo spill of bananas and pineapples last week in the Atlantic. Over the night of the 19th and 20th October the MV LOMBOK STRAIT lost two containers of bananas and pineapples overboard due to stormy seas. A spokesman for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) told Isles FM that the two container loads of fresh fruit were expected to come ashore in about three weeks, anywhere on the west coasts of the islands, or as far north as Shetland. The spokesman said: “The containers were lost at approximately 48N,28W in mid-Atlantic. Assuming that the containers broke up on entering the water, and after checking that bananas and pineapples float, the potential trajectory shows possible landfalls along the Western Isles and Shetlands. Out of interest and to help refine our future models, the date and location of any reports of landfall by the fruit will help oceanographic research.” Any photos will, in addition, be entertaining for social media!