The bad weather that lashed Europe in Storm Dennis pushes Ghost Ship to the coast of County Cork, Ireland. The ship was sailing the Tanzanian flag crane and was last seen in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean by a British navy ship in September.
Storm Dennis pushes Ghost Ship to the coast of Ireland
The Irish Coast Guard reported that:
- An abandoned cargo ship that has been bombarded by the crashing waves for more than a year has been washed into Ireland in the wake of severe storms.
- It seems that the storm Dennis, which struck the Irish coasts earlier this week, threw the ship on the beach near Cork in the south of the country.
- The Irish Examiner reported that the MV Alta vessel was spotted stuck in coastal rocks.
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Rescue 117 was tasked earlier today to a vessel aground near Ballycotton, Cork. There was nobody on board. Previously the @USCG had rescued the 10 crew members from the vessel back in September 2018. The vessel has been drifting since and today came ashore on the Cork coastline. pic.twitter.com/NbvlZ89KSY
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) February 16, 2020
The head of Ballycotton’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
He told the Irish Examiner newspaper:
He had “never, ever seen anything abandoned like that before.”
- The ship has been identified as the Alta, which has had numerous owners and names.
- Built-in 1976, it most recently flew a Tanzanian flag.
- It was last spotted in September 2019 by a British Royal Navy ship.
- The saga that brought it to Ireland began in September 2018 when it was still crewed, and sailing from Greece to Haiti.
Having investigated our find we discovered that this ship was abandoned 12 months ago after the crew were all safely rescued. ????
— HMS Protector (@hmsprotector) September 14, 2019