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Cargo ship crashes into famous French beachbreak

The Luno, in two pieces at La Cavaliers



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Anglet Beaches awash in fuel oil, broken up ship | francaise

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 February, 2014 - A Spanish cargo ship lost it’s motor this morning on exiting the port of Bayonne and got washed up on the breakwater at La Barre. The Luno split in two after being pounded by 8 meter waves into the jetty at La Barre.

The front half of the vessel washed ashore at La Cavaliers, site of the O’Neill Challenge WQS and other surf contests. As the wreck leaked fuel oil, a maritime pollution alert was declared. Eyewitnesses report the air reeks of fuel oil for miles in either direction of the beach.

All 12 crew members were winched to safety by helicopter, one at a time. One person suffered a nose injury.

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