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Ireland: After one year abandoned cargo ship runs aground on Cork coast

Christian Fernsby |
An 80 metre cargo ship, which had been abandoned and adrift in the Atlantic for more than a year, has run aground near Ballycotton in east Cork.

Topics: IRELAND    CARGO    SHIP    CORK    COAST   

There was nobody on board and the ship is described as derelict.

The Alta was built in 1976 and was flagged in Tanzania.

A pollution risk assessment will be carried out, but given the length of time the vessel has been adrift, it is not believed to pose an immediate risk.

The Alta was high and dry on rocks at low tide at 5pm.

The crew of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117, has conducted an inspection of the vessel from the air.

However, it was deemed too dangerous to put anyone on board in today's weather.

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