Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thousands of Coffee Cans Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Columbia Elizabeth

INDIALANTIC and MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida - Thousands of Café Bustelo and Café Pilon coffee cans and packages washed up on beaches in south Brevard County, Florida early Tuesday morning. 

The Colombian coffee cans strewn along the beaches in Indialantic and Melbourne Beach, Florida are suspected to have come from containers that fell overboard from a barge on Sunday which had left Port Canaveral, Florida and was bound for Puerto Rico.

The Capt Latham tugboat was en route to Puerto Rico as it tugged the Columbia Elizabeth barge when crew members noticed several cargo containers hanging over the port side of the ship and believed that more had fallen into the water while in transit. The Capt Latham then diverted to Port of Palm Beach.

It was later determined by U.S. Coast Guard personnel that up to 25 containers were unaccounted for with an undetermined amount of which fell overboard. Several of the containers were confirmed to be carrying batteries. One of the containers washed ashore in Port Canaveral on Sunday, Coast Guard officials say.