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Storm beaches cargo ship on French sands

 

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The cargo ship TK Bremen is stranded on the beach at Kerminihy beach at Erdeven, near Lorient, France, on Friday, Dec. 16. High winds have beached the cargo ship off France's Atlantic coast and some of the 220 tons of fuel in its hold is leaking, threatening a local beach.

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A helicopter flies over the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen, which ran aground on Kerminihy beach at Erdeven, spilling oil from its engines on the coast of Brittany in western France on Dec. 16. Winter storm Joachim has battered France's western seaboard since yesterday.

Reuters reports:

RENNES, France - Storm winds and torrential rain lashed France on Friday, cutting off electricity supplies to hundreds of thousands of homes and sending a cargo ship aground off the northwestern Brittany coast, where it sprang a fuel leak.

There were no reports of injuries as dozens of people were evacuated from flood-prone zones on the western Atlantic coast and 400,000 households were deprived of power, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.

Wind gusts of up to 80 mph pounded France's western coast in the early hours of Friday, causing a cargo ship headed for Malta, the 357-metre TK Bremen, to run aground off Brittany. The crew were rescued by helicopter. Read the full story.

 

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Workers clean the beach after the Maltese-registered cargo ship the TK Bremen ran aground on Kerminihy beach at Erdeven, spilling oil from its engines on the coast of Brittany in western France on Dec. 16. Winter storm Joachim has battered France's western seaboard since yesterday.