Hamburger meat among surprise ship bounty
10 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Riot police (ME) were deployed on the island of Terschelling on Friday to guard cargo containers washed ashore from a ship.
10 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — Riot police (ME) were deployed on the island of Terschelling on Friday to guard cargo containers washed ashore from a ship.
A total of 35 containers were lost from P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan during a storm on Thursday evening.
One of the nine containers that washed up on the island on Friday was filled with hamburger meat and corned beef. Police said other items on the beach include toys, shoes and hammers.
A detachment of the mobiele eenheid (riot police) was sent to the island to prevent theft of the goods as there are too few local police to deal with the situation.
One of the containers still at sea has broken open, resulting in thousands of shoes and toys being washed up on the beach.
"We are not going to act against people who carry off individual items," a police spokesperson said. "We are principally concerned with the nine containers that are still intact."
The 335-metre-long Mondriaan was on route from Southampton to Hamburg when it got caught in the storm.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news