A team of experts are expected to make a final attempt to salvage a cargo ship that has been adrift off the coast of France for five days before it runs aground.

High winds and six-meter (20-feet) waves made weekend rescue attempts impossible.

Vice-Adm. Emmanuel De Oliveira of the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture says a final effort to attach a towing cable to the 164-meter vessel, which is listing nearly 90 degrees, is set for dawn Monday. If that fails, he said, the vessel will run aground in southwest France by Tuesday night.

Spanish helicopters evacuated the 22-member crew last Tuesday after the Modern Express, carrying 3,600 tons of wood and equipment, sent out a distress call.

Dutch disaster experts were called in to try to capture the drifting vessel.