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Dutch authorities raise number of containers lost in storm

February 6, 2019
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In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, file image, The Geosund salvaging ship lifts a container from the seabed off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands. Dutch authorities say a freight ship lost dozens more containers than previously thought when it was caught in a heavy storm early this year. The Dutch water authority said Wednesday Feb. 6, 2019, that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe freighter Jan. 2. The previous estimate was 291. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say a freight ship lost dozens more containers than previously thought when it was caught in a heavy storm early this year.

The Dutch water authority said Wednesday that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe freighter Jan. 2. The previous estimate was 291.

The authority says the ship’s owner raised the estimate after unloading the final containers at the port of Gdansk in Poland.

Beaches on a chain of islands in the northern Netherlands were littered with cargo including televisions and toys after some of the containers broke open. The Dutch army was mobilized to help clean up beaches.

A salvage operation to lift scores of containers off the seabed started late in January and is expected to take months.

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