Rescuers tow capsized cargo ship to safety

2016-02-02 16:59
The Panamanian-registered cargo ship "Modern Express" being towed away from France by a tug boat, preventing it from crashing into the country's picturesque Atlantic coast. (Marine Nationale, AFP)

The Panamanian-registered cargo ship "Modern Express" being towed away from France by a tug boat, preventing it from crashing into the country's picturesque Atlantic coast. (Marine Nationale, AFP)

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Paris - Rescuers successfully diverted a cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Tuesday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao.

Broadcast images showed the 164m Modern Express listing dramatically as it was towed by another ship via a cable on Monday afternoon.

The maritime authority for France's Atlantic Coast said in a statement later that the towing operation was successful and the ship was towed far enough from the coast to avoid running aground. At its closest point, the ship had been 42km from the shore.

Spanish authorities agreed to harbour the ship in Bilbao, where it's expected to arrive on Wednesday morning, according to the French statement.

The crew on the Panama-registered vessel was evacuated after issuing a distress call last week. The ship is carrying 3 600 tons of wood and equipment.

High winds and six-meter waves made weekend rescue attempts impossible.

Read more on:    panama  |  spain  |  france  |  maritime accidents

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