Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fedra aground at Europa Point

Friday night saw torrential rain and violent winds.

But we slept safely in our beds while rescue services from Spain and Gibraltar saved the 31 strong crew from the 35,000 ton cargo ship, MV Fedra, which ran aground at Europa Point in the severe gale (sources report between Force 8 and Force 12).

The ship is Liberian registered and owned by a Greek shipping company.

Excellent work by the rescue services and apparently the crew have been released from hospital to a local hotel.

So, I thought it was time for a wander up to look. As did the rest of Gib and the south of Spain.

Police were positioned at the entrance to Europa Point, and cars and pedestrians were not allowed to enter.

Still, I finally managed to get some pix. I should add that I did not cross any police tape, or go anywhere that was closed off.

Hmm, not much to see here

Tape. No go area

Nice view of the mosque, lots of police cars, still no action

Oh, this is more like it, I can see part of a ship

In fact, here are two parts of the same ship, just not together

And another shot

A gun turret on the clifftop where I was wandering perilously to get a decent angle

Close-up - see the tiny people on there?

I guess I got more pix than most people who went up there today - and were turned back.

Sources: Gibfocus, Lloyd's List


Anonymous said...

I will comment in a more hospitable fashion tomorrow.

When I have read and digested this post.

At the moment am recovering from a V. Fest.

Read between the lines.


However I liked your photos and very much enjoyed the text.

More tomorrow.

An Interested Reader

vanina said...

There's a Facebook group on the topic with over 500 pictures - here's a link to the album:

vanina said...

Any time :) My sister lives in La Linea and works in Gib so I was really freaked out when I found out about the storm... Thank God there were no victims except for the poor bloke that was hit by the tree on Casemates...

LGWAC said...

I had not realised the ship was so large, only when you pointed out the tiny people!

Interesting photos all round.

Thank you.


Scarlett said...

oh the new layout is perfection!

Very clear and easy on the eye.

Rather like me.

James said...

I like the nice clean look of your blog. Kudos!

You must be a stringer for Reuters or some other international news agency in your other life. Great piece and photos.

Can I say, "More kudos"?


James (∆≈)

Frasypoo said...

Wow!Glad everyone is okay.Great pics
I had lost the link to your blog and googled Kate and Pippa and realised that you both share the same name as the Middleton sisters!

The Lounge Lizard said...

I would say "super shots" but they were actually very good photos, so cannot be insincere.

I have gone public.

No idea why, just the Cava and the rather nice South African.

And confession time with HWMNBO

oh and nearly forgot who I was then.......