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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Big wave hits big ferry

Reported here and here:
A FREAK wave smashed into one of the world’s largest ferries in the Bay of Biscay, terrifying passengers and forcing the ship to divert to a French harbour.

The wave, estimated at between 40ft (12m) and 50ft high, crashed into the Pont-Aven, the flagship of the Brittany Ferries fleet, at 10.25pm on Sunday, smashing windows and injuring at least six people. Cabins more than 50ft above the waterline were flooded.

Passengers described seeing a wall of water, followed by an explosion and then seeing people running around covered in blood after being hit by glass.

The 41,000-tonne Pont-Aven, which was sailing from Plymouth to Santander in northern Spain, was forced to pull into the French port of Roscoff for emergency repairs.
Earlier posts of rogue waves here and here..

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