Loot­ers swoop af­ter load falls from ship

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

SAO PAULO, Brazil — En­ter­pris­ing thieves near Sao Paulo used small boats to raid dozens of con­tain­ers that fell from a Brazil­ian cargo ship con­tain­ing ev­ery­thing from bi­cy­cles to elec­tron­ics.

In scenes rem­i­nis­cent of the clas­sic 1949 Bri­tish com­edy film Whisky Ga­lore, where Scot­tish is­landers loot a cargo of booze from a wrecked ship, some sea­side res­i­dents could not con­tain them­selves when the mod­ern-day bo­nanza tum­bled from the 182-me­ter Lo­gin Pan­tanal on Fri­day.

Pho­tos posted on Brazil­ian news site G1 and so­cial me­dia on Satur­day showed peo­ple plun­der­ing the still float­ing con­tain­ers, filled with con­sumer goods in­clud­ing car tires, elec­tron­ics and bi­cy­cles.

A spilled cargo of school back­packs lit­ters the sur­face of the sea in a photo shared on­line. In an­other, men can be seen walk­ing up a beach with what look like new bi­cy­cles.

In one in­ci­dent, a “piracy” pa­trol chased down two speed­boats loaded with stolen goods.

“In to­tal, nine crew mem­bers were caught with more than 100 items of var­i­ous prod­ucts, mostly elec­tron­ics and house­hold prod­ucts,” a spokesman for the Sao Paulo po­lice said.

It was not yet known how the ac­ci­dent oc­curred, but an am­a­teur video posted on­line showed the Log-in Pan­tanal rolling heav­ily in high swell near the shore.

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