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Dramatic Rescue As Cargo Ship Luno Splits In Two

The crew of a Spanish cargo ship have been airlifted to safety after it slammed into a jetty and split in two.
The hold of the 100-metre-long ship, the Luno, was empty when the accident happened along the coast of the southwestern French town of Anglet.

The ship had been heading to a nearby port to load up with cargo when its engine broke down and the rough waves carried it into the jetty.

Its stern half drifted onto the shore, while the bow remained stuck on the rocky jetty.

A spokeswoman for the regional government, said the 12-man crew was evacuated, and rescue vehicles were on site to provide medical care.

Anglet City Hall spox Liane Beobide said one of the crew members had sustained a broken nose, but there were no other injuries reported.

Southwestern Europe, including France's western coast, has been battered by high winds and waves in recent days.

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Comment by Hans Fairhurst on February 7, 2014 at 11:04

Looks like the engine picked a fantastic place to stop... [Link]

Comment by Jack Dryden on February 7, 2014 at 19:00
Great link Hans bit more detail
Comment by Hans Fairhurst on February 8, 2014 at 3:35

Imagine the feeling when you are near a rocky breakwater in very heavy weather and the engine goes silent...

Comment by Jack Dryden on February 8, 2014 at 8:37
It is not like a car you could push it off the road. I feel for the engineers in the engine room they must of been running around like nothing on earth.

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