More than 70 cargo containers loose after high winds Saturday near Outer Banks

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PORTSMOUTH, Va.- The Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards after about 70 cargo containers fell off of a cargo ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. This is near Nags Head, NC.

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.

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Coast Guard officials tell us they conducted a flyover around the inlet Sunday morning and could not locate any containers.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to transit this area with caution.