Five injured as freak wave hits passenger ferry

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2006, BREST, FRANCE — A freak wave measuring 12 metres hit a British ferry on its way to Spain, injuring five passengers and forcing the ship to seek shelter in France.

23 May 2006

BREST, FRANCE — A freak wave measuring 12 metres hit a British ferry on its way to Spain, injuring five passengers and forcing the ship to seek shelter in France.

Brittany Ferries flagship the Pont-Aven was carrying 1,149 people from Plymouth to Santander in Spain when the wave struck late on Monday in the English Channel, French emergency workers said.

It arrived in the French port of Roscoff before dawn.

A Brittany Ferries spokesman said: "While passing Ouessant on the northwestern coast of France... Pont-Aven encountered what appears to have been a freak wave."

"The wave broke a cabin window on deck six, there are 11 decks. The cabin was unoccupied.

"Five passengers and one crew member are reported to have sustained minor injuries and have been attended to by the ship's doctor.

"All passengers were disembarked and alternative travel arrangements have been made by staff in both the UK and France."

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Subject: Spanish news

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