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Barge runs aground in Boca, beaches closed

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A pair of beached boats led to the closure of public beaches between the 3000 block of South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton to the Deerfield Pier in Broward County.

The vessels, a barge carrying shipping containers and a companion tugboat, washed ashore Thursday night at around 8:45 PM.

Coast Guard officials have enacted a 1000 foot ‘security zone’ around the scene as they work to secure fuel sources onboard the ships and have asked the public to avoid the area. The barge is reported to be carrying food and munitions and was en route from Port Canaveral to a U.S. Navy training facility located on Andros Island in the Bahamas. Navy officials are say the cargo is secure and poses no risk to the public. Both vessels are owned by a private shipping company. The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation.