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As a Maersk Line 40ft container of cigarettes is washed up on the Devon coast, thought to be part of the 520 boxes given up to the ferocious Bay of Biscay seas from the deck of the Svendborg Maersk on February 14, the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has reminded the public that it must report all wreck material found to the Receiver of Wrecks. Failing to do this says the MCA could lead to hefty fines and paying the owner of the goods twice their value.

One presumes that this will prove too high a price for a sea water-sodden packet of super-slims.

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