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Posted: December 09, 2015

Coffee, ramen noodles and wine wash up on Florida beaches


            Coffee, ramen noodles and wine wash up on Florida beaches
Thousands of cans and vacuum packed bricks of Cafe Bustelo brand coffee have washed up on the beaches of Indialantic, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, most likely from a barge container that had fallen overboard this past weekend. The coffee began washing ashore along an area over a mile long in Brevard County, on the east coast of Central Florida. People began cleaning up the mess, or decided to enjoy some free java. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

By Kristina Webb

Palm Beach Post reporter Alexandra Clough contributed to this report.

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Hungry? Thirsty? Head to the beach.

Visitors to beaches along Florida’s east coast are finding food items washed ashore, multiple news outlets are reporting.

On Melbourne Beach in Brevard County, beachgoers have been treated to cans of Bustelo Coffee, with the seals intact and the coffee still usable.

Our news partners at WPTV NewsChannel 5 report that along the coasts of St. Lucie and Indian River counties, the coffee is being joined by packages of ramen noodles.

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Plus, a container of wine washed up in St. Lucie County, WPBF reports.

But where are the items coming from?

It’s believed they could be from as many as 25 shipping containers that fell from a barge in rough seas Sunday. The barge, the Columbia Elizabeth, had 243 containers offloaded yesterday at the Port of Palm Beach, the Coast Guard said via Twitter.

“The barge was brought into here so that its containers could be unloaded and reloaded to a second barge,” said Tara Monks, spokeswoman for the Port of Palm Beach District. “The damaged and surrounding containers are still on the barge, which is still at the port. Crews are working to remedy the situation. We do not know if the barge has damage.”

Monks declined to discuss the barge’s contents.

In Melbourne, beachgoers grabbed cans of Bustelo from the waves to take home as souvenirs, WFTV in Orlando reported.

Christopher Sybo, who was visiting Melbourne from Pittsburgh, told WFTV he was one of the first to spot the cans of coffee, noticing “something yellow all over the shore.”

Sybo picked up two cans to bring home — “just something from a shipwreck,” he said.

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