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Barge spills cargo containers into waters near Key Biscayne

12:24 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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(WTVJ) -- A dozen cargo containers fell into waters near Key Biscayne after a barge transporting goods to Guantanamo Bay began listing and the stacks of containers toppled over like dominoes, officials said.

The barge, Atlantic Trader, was delivering groceries and other household supplies to Guantanamo when it began listing, Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said.

Kennedy said 12 of the containers fell into the water and the rest of the stacks of containers tipped over. The barge required a U.S. Coast Guard escort to Port Everglades, Kennedy said.

Workers are expected to start the careful removal of the containers from the barge Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy said. The Coast Guard is actively searching for the containers that went into the water.


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