A military helicopter evacuated the 12-man crew of a Spanish cargo ship that slammed into a jetty in choppy Atlantic Ocean waters off south-western France.
The cargo ship, which normally carries fertiliser, split in half after hitting a sea wall in high winds.
The hold of the 100-metre-long ship, the Luno, was empty when the accident occurred.
Authorities have raised a pollution alert along the coast of the town of Anglet, because of fuel spilling into the water.
The cargo ship's stern half drifted on to the shore, while the bow remained stuck on the rocky jetty.
South-western Europe, including France's western coast, has been battered by high winds and waves in recent days.