Long abandoned ship found off the coast of Ireland

Long abandoned ship found off the coast of Ireland

The vessel, if it proves to be the MV Alta, was discovered by a Royal Navy ice patrol ship in September 2019 drifting in the mid Atlantic.

The crew of the Alta first abandoned the vessel 16 months ago after its engines failed in the middle of the Atlantic.

The crew members were said to have abandoned ship. With Storm Dennis having passed, a separate team was due to inspect the ship from the rocks.

The MV Alta made global headlines in 2018 when the US Coast Guard rescued its 10-strong crew after they had been stranded on the disabled ship without food or water for 20 days in the west Atlantic.

The ship was subsequently towed towards Guyana but ended up being hijacked along the way.

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Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat chief John Tattan told The Irish Examiner: 'This is one in a million.

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The council said on Monday: "Following an appropriate risk assessment, the contractor will board the vessel at the next suitable opportunity which is expected to be at low tide tomorrow morning at approximately 7am".

"Consultations are continuing between the Irish Coastguard, Cork County Council, the Receiver of Wrecks and other relevant bodies in relation to the future of the wreck", it said in a statement.

'It has come all the way up from the African coast, west of the Spanish coast, west of the English coast and up to the Irish coast.

The council warned that people should stay away from the wreck as it is located on a risky and inaccessible stretch of coastline and is in an unstable condition.

'I have never, ever seen anything abandoned like that before'.

At the time the USA officials said they had been working to establish who the ship's owner was so they could organise for a commercial tug to take it ashore. "For it to have been spotted just once since October 2018 just shows how vast the ocean is".

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