The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but partygoers at the traditional Christmas Day celebration at Coogee Beach in Randwick, Australia, may have gone overboard this year.
More than 10,000 partied at the beach, leaving behind more than 16 tons of trash, The New York Times reported.
“I’m a local, and in all my time here I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tony Waller, president of the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, told Channel 7.
The club was so concerned about intoxicated swimmers that they set the shark alarm off three times just to get them out of the water, Waller said.
“The clear message we’ve received is that we need to give the beach and nearby parks back to all people to enjoy peacefully and safely,” Noel D’Souza, mayor of Randwick, told Business Insider Australia.
Residents near the beaches of Sydney have long battled with the excessive partying of tourists.
At Bondi Beach, another popular tourist spot in Sydney, alcohol consumption was also banned.