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[Video] Cargo Ship Carrying 2,000 Cars Worth Billions Of Shillings Catches Fire And Sinks

This handout picture released on March 12, 2019 and taken on March 11 by the French Marine Nationale shows flames on the Italian merchant ship Grande America off the coasts of the French Brittany

An Italian container ship bound for Brazil while carrying some 2,000 cars including some 37 Porsches caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of France last week.

All 27 crew members aboard were rescued by the British military, though French authorities quickly began to clean up an oil spill caused as a result of the sinking.

The vessel ran aground on March 12 about 150 nautical miles southwest of Brest, France, at a depth of 15,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean.

German automaker Porsche confirmed on Tuesday that the doomed vessel was carrying four models of the 911 GT2 RS, which retail for a around £222,065 (Kes. 30 million) apiece.

In letters to Brazilian customers waiting on their order, Porsche said: “We are sorry to inform you that, due to a fire, a Grimaldi group ship, that was transporting your vehicle, sank on March 12, 2019. And for that reason, your GT2 RS cannot be delivered.

“As you may know, Porsche ended the 911 GT2 RS production on February 2019 and under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be possible to give you another car.

“But, due to the nature of the situation, and considering that you’re a loyal and highly valuable customer for our brand, Porsche has decided to resume the GT2 RS production in Germany, and your vehicle will be produced in April, with delivery scheduled for June.

“We recommend that you contact your local Porsche Centre for further information.”

Members of HMS Argyll spent eight hours ensuring that every person was rescued, there were no life-threatening injuries reports, but some of the staff were taken to hospital. So, I guess the loss of a few fancy cars, isn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things.

Below is the shocking video.

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