September 28, 2021

Waterford Coast Guard investigates African ‘ghost ship’ washed up on rocks off coast

Waterford Coast Guard has investigated a rare ‘ghost ship’ that ran aground on rocks off the coast with no crew members on board today.

The mystery ship, which was first spotted floating off the African coast six months ago, washed up onto rocks west of Ballycotton in county Cork.

The 77 metre MV Alta cargo ship, which is sailing under a Tanzanian flag, was spotted by a jogger this morning at around noon.

Waterford Coast Guard confirmed it checked out the vessel today and that no one was on board.

It is understood the ship was washed up to its current location as a result of Storm Dennis and that it came aground sometime last night.

There is also mystery as to how the cargo ship, built in 1976, came to be floating around the Atlantic Ocean without anyone on board.

Last September it was reported that the UK Royal Navy’s Devonport-based HMS Protector came across the MV Alta in the Mid-Atlantic.

Reports this evening said the vessel was spotted in September 2018 some 1,300 miles southeast of Bermuda with 10 crew onboard.



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