Some people on Florida ‘ s Gulf Coast, who went for a walk along the beach, early Wednesday morning were met by an eerie sight: a ghost ship run aground on the shores of St. Andrews State Park.
No, the undead crew of the legendary Flying Dutchman not decide to make a trip to the bars in the nearby Spring Break hotspot of Panama City. Instead, an empty hopper barge that is towed by another vessel broke loose from its cables and was carried on the waves before being grounded near a rock jetty along the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. coast guard reported.
The ship, which was used for the transport of scrap metal, was empty and contained no hazardous materials.
“We know that the ship. It is a normal traffic route for them. They go from New Orleans or Mobile, Alabama, and transfer to Tampa for scrap,” Coast Guard spokesman Brian Hanson told MyPanhandle.com.
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While the captain of the tug that lost the ship wanted to pull the empty boat off the beach on Wednesday, six to seven foot seas from a storm offshore postponed the trial until Thursday morning.
“We want to make sure that everyone is safe,” said Hanson. “That is our main concern, so now, we are just formulating a plan to take the line on and the ship towed out of here as quickly as possible.”