Yeti coolers wash up on Alaska shores months after ship loses cargo

There have been several Yeti sightings along Alaska’s shores — Yeti cooler sightings, that is. 

Twenty-three Yeti coolers were found on beaches along the Gulf Coast of Alaska by Duke Marolf, a marine welder and bush pilot living in Seward. 

Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) the coolers were likely from the MV Zim Kingston which lost cargo during a storm near the Juan de Fuca Strait in October 2021.

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FILE - A Yeti cooler found on the beaches off the coast of Alaska. (Duke Marolf)

The MV Zim Kingston was traveling from Busan, South Korea, to Vancouver, Canada, and lost 109 containers in the Pacific Ocean, according to a British Columbia spill incident report. 

Within days of the spill, items that were inside the shipping containers, as well as the actual giant metal containers, began to wash up on shores along Canada and Alaska. 

In Vancouver, officials were able to gather nearly 70 damaged refrigerators, 35 industrial-sized garbage bags filled with debris, and even three helicopter bags filled with Styrofoam. 

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Yeti coolers found by Duke Marolf stacked on top of one another.  (Duke Marolf)

A few people even found Yeti coolers on shores as far as Hawaii, according to a report. 

Marlof said he found the coolers over the past summer which was months after the initial incident. 

Matt Reintjes, Yeti’s president and chief executive, said the company lost 1,600 coolers, according to WSJ. 

"We started to hear reports of some of these coolers ending up on the shores of Alaska, Seattle, and beyond late last year when fans posted their finds on social media. We hope people will put these near-new Yetis to good use," Reintjes told WSJ. 

So far, only four shipping containers have been successfully retrieved, according to the incident report. 

Storyful contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.