The cargo ferry Riverdance was hit by a freak wave over the weekend, resulting in a valiant rescue effort to save up to 19 crew and 4 passengers from the vessel. The coast guard, the Royal Air Force, and lifeboat services managed to pluck 14 people off of the boat before it ran aground. The ferry became beached at the North Shore of Blackpool on February 1, 2008.

February 1, 2008 – The day the ferry Riverdance ran aground.

Since then, local officials have been trying to straighten the ship back from its 60-degree slant along the shore by pumping water into its ballast tanks and emptying the ship of its fuel. The effort to free the ship could last several weeks.

Check out the video below of the ship gradually leaning as the days pass.

Also take a look at the dramatic rescue video below of a person getting airlifted off of the Riverdance. As you’ll hear in the videos, the wind is pretty intense and the weather hasn’t improved much.

Man getting airlifted off of the beached ferry Riverdance.

Here’s another view of the rescue from the shore side.

As you might have guessed, some of that cargo did wash ashore.