Sunday, February 3, 2008

Biscuits Galore

Thousands of packets of McVitie's chocolate biscuits have washed up on the Lancashire shore from the Riverdance, a stricken ferry which ran aground off north shore near Blackpool.

Twenty-three people were flown to safety after the ferry was hit by a freak wave which caused it to list on Thursday night.

Helicopters from the RAF, Royal Navy and Irish Coastguard battled mountainous seas and 60mph (96km/h) winds to rescue those on board.

Some of the ferry's cargo of 50 lorries broke chains holding them down and as the load shifted the vessel began to list at 60 degrees in conditions described as the roughest for a decade.
Hugh Shaw, of the Maritime Salvage Agency, said: "People are raiding the beaches for biscuits and whatever else they can find the dark chocolate seems to be more popular than the milk chocolate."

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