Of a 32 man and four women crew,
25 lost their lives when the East German tanker Bohlen sank
during a very severe storm of the coast of Brittany
in lat 48.11N, long 05.12W on October 14, 1976.
One of the 11 survivors, the radio operator,
later reported that when the vessel had begun to ship water fast
the crew had tried to launch the lifeboats,
but these were smashed against the hull
due to the ferocity of the conditions.