France issues pollution alert as ship splits off Basque coast
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Officials in France have issued a pollution alert after an unladen freighter grounded on a breakwater at , yesterday. The vessel split in two and is leaking .
The Luno had 120–160 cubic metres of fuel aboard when it broke down and high winds and waves pushed it into the breakwater. Helicopters rescued the twelve crewmembers and the only injury was a broken nose. The 100-metre ship was en route to pick up its usual fertiliser cargo and initially officials feared the vessel could spill a load.
The ship has split around the breakwater, one part remaining on the rocks at one side and the other pushed almost to the beach on the other. Junior transport, seas, and fishing minister Spanish border, with the ship registered in Spain.is heading to Anglet. Anglet is near the
One eyewitness, commenting to, called the rescuers "brave considering the state of the sea". She said the ship had tried to anchor itself but broke away.
- Joe Krishnan. "Twelve rescued after Spanish cargo ship splits in two on French coast" — , February 6, 2014
- AP. "Ship snaps in two in storm" — , February 6, 2014
- "Spanish cargo ship splits on French coast at Anglet" — , February 5, 2014
- "Cargo ship breaks up off French coast" — , February 5, 2014