Coffee Cans Wash Up On Florida Shores After Barge Reports Losing Shipping Containers
Forget about finding a message in a bottle; in Florida this week, it was all about finding coffee in a can.
Hundreds of Cafe Bustelo coffee cans washed up on Florida shores Tuesday. The bright yellow coffee cans dotted the shores of Indialantic beaches in Central Florida, where Florida Today reports that beachgoers near a Doubletree Hotel soon began collecting the sealed containers.
"It's like Christmas coffee," beachgoer Chris Sybo told the outlet.
Packages of coffee and Ramen noodles were also spotted on north St. Lucie County beaches, TCPalm reports.
Officials are investigating whether the goods may be connected to shipping containers that were reported missing over the weekend.
On Tuesday, the Coast Guard said the barge Columbia Elizabeth, which was being unloaded at the Port of Palm Beach, reported losing at least nine containers between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach. However, as many as 25 may have fallen overboard, officials estimate.
One of the containers was carrying wet cell batteries, which may cause chemical burns when in contact with skin, the Coast Guard said.
Those who spot anything are urged to call the U.S. Coast Guard via VHF marine radio channel 16, the Coast Guard National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802, or their local fire or police departments.
For more on the coffee can spill, watch this report by WFTV: