Thirteen years ago, the Artemis ran aground at the Grande Plage in Les Sables-d’Olonne

The Artemis freighter at Les Sables-d’Olonne in March 2008. (© Mer et Marine.fr)

With this freighter stranded, it may be one of the most beautiful media spotlights the town of Les Sables-d’Olonne has given itself.

On March 10, 2008, a Dutch-flagged grain cargo ship ran aground at the Grande Plage in Les Sables-d’Olonne. At night, the sandy coast falls victim to storms.

Despite a wingspan of 88 meters and a weight of 3,600 tons, the ship ran aground on the sand.

The crew was unharmed, the cargo ship had no or only minor damage but was unable to leave the beach, which is what we call out of the water.

multiple failures

Two days later, the tugboat Abeille Languedoc attempted to re-float the boat somehow. But the construction of the national navy failed.

Cables connecting Dutch freighters and tugboats are giving in.

Video: Currently at Actu

Had to wait more than ten days to see a new tow attempt.

communication operation

In the meantime, the freighter was the joy of many onlookers, who came to see the helplessness of human beings in the face of the omnipotent nature.

The City of Les Sables seized the opportunity to communicate around this unusual event. Just between rounds of municipal elections in 2008…

The websites of the city government and the tourist office are also busy. It is estimated that the total number of connections between the two sites was over 100,000, and the Internet was not what it is today.

On March 20, a new tow attempt was made due to high tidal coefficients and fear of a new storm.

Bulldozers dug trenches around the Artemis, and two tugboats returned the boat to the water. After 2 hours of hard work, the Artemis reached the sea again.

Behind him, the town hall of Les Sables-d’Olonne carried the traces of a completely successful communication operation.

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