Watch a Huge Atlantic Swell Break a Cargo Ship in Two Along the Rocks off Bayonne, France

by Owen James Burke

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“This ship didn’t stand a chance.” – Rob Alameida, gCaptain, Maritime and Offshore News. The footage was taken last year along the river mouth near Anglet, France. Screenshot from BTP video (below).

This Spanish cargo ship lost power, unfortunately during a large swell, and was blown right into the jetty of a river mouth on France’s southwest Atlantic coast, a place revered by big wave surfers, but feared by ship captains for obvious reasons.

All 12 crewmen were evacuated successfully–presumably from the same half of the severed hull–and winched in by the hellman hanging from the helicopter (seen at the center of the image above).

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