While carrying around 300 tonnes of fuel, a Panamanian cargo ship began listing on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at an angle of between 40 and 50 degrees and is currently heading towards the French coast, unless authorities can intervene before it hits the French Coast, according to the BBC.
22 crew members were airlifted off the vessel after a distress call and if the ship fails to be safely guided from the shore, it will run aground on the France’s South West coast between Monday and Tuesday.
Emmanuel De Oliveira, of the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, said it was “totally impossible to put the cargo ship upright”.
Watch a video of the incident here:
(Source: Associated British Press / YouTube)