[Watch] How A Storm Washes Ashore A Ghost Ship!


  • An abandoned ghost ship ran aground on Cork coast during Storm Dennis.
  • The 77-metre MV Alta drifted for over a year, skirting the Americas, Africa and Europe, rusting and derelict yet resolutely afloat.
  • Environmental scientists who visited the area on Monday did not see visible pollution, sais the Cork County Council.

An abandoned ship washed up on the rocky shore of southern Ireland after having drifted across the Atlantic Ocean for more than a year, reports The Guardian.

Ghost ship

Wind of up to 110 kilometers (70 miles) per hour from Storm Dennis had pushed the “ghost ship” towards the Irish coast. It was first sighted on 16th February.

The coast guard identified the 77-meter (250-feet) cargo ship as the MV Alta, which broke down while sailing from Greece to Haiti in September 2018.

The US Coast Guard rescued 10 people from the broken down vessel 1,380 miles (2,220 kilometers) southeast of the Atlantic archipelago Bermuda.

The crew had spent 20 days on-board the ship, having been supplied with food by the coast guard before they were rescued.

No sign of pollution

The ship was last spotted drifting crewless in the mid-Atlantic by a British patrol ship in August 2019.

Cork county officials said that there was no sign of pollution from the 44-year-old ship, and a contractor would board the vessel at low tide for further assessment of what to do with the wreck.

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Source: The Guardian