19 injured, two swept overboard off French coast

21st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

BREST, France, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - Nineteen passengers were injured on Saturday when a massive wave struck a ferry off the rugged coast of Brittany in western France, maritime and medical officials said.

BREST, France, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - Nineteen passengers were injured on Saturday when a massive wave struck a ferry off the rugged coast of Brittany in western France, maritime and medical officials said.

A man and a woman were swept into the sea off the bridge of the Enez Sun, which was carrying 136 passengers and seven crew members from the small port of Audierne to Sein Island, six miles (10 kilometres) from the nearest land.
 
They were fished alive out of the water by a trawler that had been alerted to the accident by the coast guard and were airlifted to a hospital in the Brittany port of Brest. The man suffered a broken arm.

The captain of the Enez Sun, which means Sein Island in the local Breton language, described four of the casualties as serious and said one of those was a small child.

Those on board expressed shock at what had happened.

"We were on the deck, we were looking at the dolphins. We were very close to the island when a huge wave hit us from the side. The seats were ripped loose. I was very afraid," said a young woman aged 17 who had been on the boat.

Most of the injured were receiving medical attention in Audierne.

The waters around Sein Island are notoriously dangerous as they conceal a complex of reefs 30 miles wide and protected by dramatic lighthouses and beacons.


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