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Beached coal ship threatens Australian coastline

A major recovery operation has been launched to prevent a coal ship which was beached on the west coast of Australia from breaking up.

The ship is carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel, but the hull has so far remained intact.

It washed up on a sand bank at the port city of Newcastle, 90 miles north of Sydney on Friday, amid the inclement weather which has battered Australia in recent days.

A salvage crew reached the vessel last night and will today attempt to dislodge it today.

Nine people have been killed in the storms in the country in recent days.

The latest victim was a 28 year-old man who died when a falling tree crushed his car last night.

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