October 11, 2006

There have been three days of storms with gale force winds and heavy (in Scotland we would say lashing) rain.

It started on Thursday night 5th October and took until saturday afternoon for the wind to die down.

On Friday night a cargo ship ran aground on Izushima and this article made the front page of the newspaper.


From what I can gather this ship ran aground in huge seas. All 16 crew members were lost (though only one body has been found so far). A lifeboat was launched by the crew but found empty. Rescue helicopters couldn’t get close due to high wind and waves.

I didn’t think this kind of shipwreck happened anymore. And I can only speculate as to the cause (engine failure?).

It’s a bit of a shock that it happened in an area that I paddle; I’ve been to Izushima, though not round it yet.


If its not wrong to say this so soon after 16 people lost their lives maybe I should go soon and see if the shipwreck is still there.


3 Responses to “Shipwrecked”

  1. derrick Says:

    Yikes! A serious reminder to respect the sea, that’s for sure.

  2. I’m a fan of your blog! thanks for the comment.

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