13 Sep, 2019 @ 13:09
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Hull of Balearia passenger ship torn apart after being stranded at Denia port four weeks previously

THIS is the broken hull of the Balearia passenger ferry that was grounded at Denia port four weeks ago.

Credit: Arturo Gonzalez Luis

Drone footage shot on Wednesday shows ominous waves lapping at the ship hours before the whole of Alicante was put on red alert for storm warnings.

The 74m-long Pinar del Río hit the rocks at Denia’s port around 11.30pm on Friday, August 16.

Nearly 400 passengers were rescued by lifeboats before hundreds then spent the night at Balearia Port Denia.

A total of 70 cars, plus a mobile home and three motorbikes, were stuck on board before a crane lifted them to safety between August 21-22.

Divers from specialist team Ardentia Marine were dispatched to refloat the ferry without success.

Balearia decided on September 3 to take the ship apart piece-by-piece.

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Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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