Wednesday, 19 February 2020

African coast ‘ghost ship’ lands on Irish coast after Dennis storm – World News

A ghost ship that was spotted floating off the coast of Africa six months ago ran aground on the Irish coast after Storm Dennis.The 77-meter freighter MV Alta, which sails under the Tanzanian flag, was spotted in Ballycotton, County Cork, by a local on Sunday morning.
A Waterford Coast Guard spokesperson told the Irish Examiner that the vessel's current location is the result of the storm and they checked it and found no one on board.
He also said the ship was not polluting the area.
Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat operations director John Tattan said, "It's one in a million. "





The ghost ship ran aground at Ballycotton in Cork
The ghost ship ran aground at Ballycotton in Cork

"He went up from the African coast, west of the Spanish coast, west of the English coast and up to the Irish coast.
"I have never, never seen anything abandoned like this before. "
Tattan said it was astonishing that this had not been previously detected by one of the fishing vessels off the south coast.
The mystery surrounds how the freighter, built in 1976, ended up floating around the Atlantic Ocean with no one on board.





The mystery surrounds the boat which has a Tanzanian flag
The mystery surrounds the boat which has a Tanzanian flag

Last September, it was reported that the Devonport-based HMS Protector of the British Royal Navy spotted it in the middle of the Atlantic.
The vessel was also spotted 1,300 miles southeast of Bermuda with 10 crew members on board in September 2018.
The crew is believed to have been saved.

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The Irish Coast Guard believes the ship is now safely hanging on the rocks, but its future is in the air.
If it started to float again, due to another storm or extremely high tide, it could also cause problems.
The race is now on to find the owner of the ship.

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