Dozens of containers lost from freighter off Oregon Inlet

By on March 4, 2018

A ship lost a container of Doritos off Hatteras in 2006. (Donna Barnett/Island Free Press)

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners to be on the lookout for dozens of cargo containers that fell from a freighter Saturday night about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet.

The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai contacted watchstanders at USCG Sector North Carolina’s command center that they lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas, according to a statement.

There has been no word on the contents of the containers. Items lost at sea have washed ashore on the Outer Banks for centuries, and at times residents have been able to take full advantage of the bounty.

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On Nov. 30, 2006, a container full of Doritos washed up off Frisco, scattering nacho cheese and cool ranch varieties near the National Park Service bathhouse.

» Read more about the time-honored tradition of salvaging from a 2008 story in the Island Free Press

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  • The Captain

    Very interesting. “In Season” this could have been extremely dangerous to the more than 50 Charter and Commercial fishing boats going Offshore daily. Fiberglass and Wood is no match for Steel especially at 25 knots. Wouldn’t be the first time someone hit a container just under the surface. I hope they all sunk. Now if I knew the exact location, what a wreck. I would think the Coast Guard should know. Water 17 miles out is only a hundred feet deep. Black Sea Bass, yum yum yum!

    Monday, Mar 5 @ 7:19 am
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