Next came the saddest days in the history of a failed campaign. By putting women on ships, children and the sick, the rest of the army decided to break through on dry ground. King offered a seat on a ship legate, but Louis, sick and exhausted, refused, determined to share the fate of his army. At night, the darkness thinking weaken the vigilance of the enemy, observing all precautions, let Tornio way. But it was not possible to weaken the vigilance of Muslims. The retreat soon turned into a rout, fugitives hunted like rabbits, and was light, almost all of the Crusaders or the Saracens were in the hands of, or were killed by their swords. Those who descended the Nile, had suffered no less than: Saracens watched them along the river and all or drowned, or killed, or taken prisoner; only one ship managed to reach Damietta legate.