Those looking for a fan-favorite YETI cooler this holiday season may consider booking a flight to Alaska after a cargo ship dumps hundreds of YETIs into the ocean.
After a cargo ship bound for British Columbia from South Korea capsized in Japanese waters, a massive shipment of 1,600 YETI hard coolers began hitting the coasts of Alaska and Hawaii. The cargo ship dumped 109 containers of expensive refrigerants near Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in 2021.
A YETI spokesperson said, “In early 2021, our shipping company told us we lost about 1,600 YETI hard coolers when a container ship lost its strength and maneuverability during a storm, causing it to roll over in Japanese waters and lose several containers.” He told Fox News Digital.
YETIs aren’t cheap, most popular coolers cost between $200-$500, and stainless steel variants are listed at $900.
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A year after the cargo ship’s unfortunate loss along the Gulf of Alaska, lucky ones began to form in brightly colored coolers down the rocky shoreline.
“We’re starting to hear reports that some of these coolers have ended up on the coast of Seattle, Alaska, and late last year when fans posted their find on social media.” a YETI spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
Lucky folks began sharing their finds cheerfully on social media, noting that most of the coolers were in very good condition despite the long distance they had traveled.
Locals reported that they cleaned the beach last year in search of more coolers and rarely returned home empty-handed.
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Duke Marolf, a marine welder and bush pilot living in Seward, Alaska, posted an Instagram video in which he shares 23 YETI coolers. Marolf explained that after hearing that others had found coolers in Alaska and Hawaii, he decided to get on a plane and see if he could find one himself.
“All functional, some definitely more worn, in some cases missing strap handles or plugs,” Marolf commented. “There’s a lot of wear on the beach.”
A YETI spokesperson said the company is excited that the community has responded so positively to finding the coolers and are pleased that people are putting them to good use.
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A YETI spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “With most of the containers and their contents falling to the bottom of the ocean after capsizing, we were not surprised that our products survived the journey perfectly. It’s still incredible to think how far they’ve come.” . “We were amazed at the positive response from the community who found the coolers and knew they would put the new near YETIs to good use.”