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Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt: Shipwreck Results in German Beach Strewn With Plastic Easter Eggs

Storm sinks ship, strands thousands of easter eggs on a German beach


January 11, 2017

1/06/2017: It was a dark and stormy night. The Captain of the Maersk Alabama did not see the reef near Langeoog Island, before he was upon it. The good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed, when the witch of the North Sea came calling. So they dumped a container over the side, and the result was a beach strewn with plastic, multi-colored Easter eggs.

Authorities say the plastic eggs containing instructions in the Cyrillic alphabet, were dumped from a container that was lost by a cargo ship en route for the German port of Bremerhaven. According to NDR, the freighter owned by Maersk lost a total of five containers during the storm on Wednesday morning.

BERLIN (AP) - Easter has come early to the German North Sea island of Langeoog. A flood of plastic eggs containing tiny toys has been swept ashore after a fierce storm, to the delight of the island's youngest residents.

The eggs containing instructions in the Cyrillic alphabet appear to have come from a container lost by a cargo ship en route for the German port of Bremerhaven.

Public broadcaster NDR reported Thursday that island authorities have called in the "eggs-perts:" a local kindergarten will help collect the unexpected bounty before it becomes a hazard for wildlife.


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