ALL 22 sailors on board a cargo ship travelling from Africa to France were rescued when they sailed into trouble in the Bay of Biscay.

The cargo ship from Panama, loaded with 3,600 tons of wood and construction equipment, was abandoned on Tuesday night after it was caught at a 40 degree angle in high winds.

Crew members raised the distress signal and the Spanish coastguards helicoptered out to airlift the sailors from the sip.

The ship was located almost 250 km north of the Spanish northern coast.

The lucky sailors were safely helicoptered to land while the ship drifted into French waters.

A towing vessel is currently en route to retrieve the Modern Express.

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