We Shall Find Them On The Beaches

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The Napoli lists

When the Italian cargo ship M.S.C. Napoli was critically damaged during a storm off Branscombe beach in southwestern England on Jan. 18, locals waited for the wave of pollution to land on their shore-line.

But instead of an oil slick, the tide threw a more bountiful harvest their way — 40 metal shipping containers packed with everything from BMW motorbikes to bags of dog food and luxury cosmetics. Police were almost powerless to stop thousands of would-be salvagers hauling their beach booty away. Under British law, salvagers can take goods from a wreck for safekeeping, if they declare their...

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