Capsized cargo ship tossed by rough seas off French coast
Jan. 29, 2016
PARIS (AP) — A cargo ship listing nearly 90 degrees in the water was being tossed by rough seas Friday off the coast of France, forcing rescue workers to postpone efforts to tow it to shore.
The captain of the capsized Modern Express, sailing with a load of wood in the Bay of Biscay, 300 kilometers (180 miles) off the coast of France, sent out a distress call on Tuesday and its crew of 22 was evacuated by Spanish helicopters.
France's coastal authority said a team of four experts boarded the listing vessel Friday afternoon but the towing operation failed because of waves that were up to 5 meters (16 feet) high. One expert was slightly injured in the operation and the team was withdrawn from the ship, with its deck nearly in the water, before twilight.
A new towing attempt will be made Saturday morning, the coastal authority said.