Storm drives ships on to Spanish beach

Valencia littered with washed up container ships

Ferocious storms have driven two container ships on to a beach, just metres apart. The El Saler beach, near Valencia, has since been packed with locals taking pictures of the 8250 tonne and 9740 tonne ships. 

Both were anchored off the beach when the storm hit the Spanish coast. 

The Maritime Authority of

Valencia required the vessels’ owners to submit salvage plans within 48 hours,

and tugs attempted to tow the ships clear over the weekend. They managed to

bring the Panama-registered BSLE Sunrise’s head round to seaward but were

unable to drag her free, and both vessels remain firmly stuck.

Their crews remain aboard and

further attempts are being made to refloat the ships before there is any

deterioration in the weather.

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