70 cargo containers lost at sea after falling off ship in high wind, rough waves

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The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners that 70 cargo containers fell off of a cargo ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet.

The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai contacted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, notifying them that they lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas.

The U.S. Coast Guard urges all mariners to travel the area with caution.

The ocean has washed over the highway at several locations, according to the agency.

 Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore cautioned against driving or walking on the beaches. Hazardous debris, including the containers, could wash ashore or be uncovered.

 

With inputs from pilotonline.com 

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