'Ghost Ship' Washes Up on Irish Coast During Storm Dennis

A cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since its crew was rescued in 2018 wound up on the rocks near Ballycotton, on the south Irish coast, during Storm Dennis.

The Irish Coast Guard said one of its helicopters was called on February 16 to a vessel aground near Ballycotton, in County Cork. “There was nobody on board,” the coast guard said, as “the US Coast Guard had rescued the 10 crew members from the vessel back in September 2018. The vessel has been drifting since.”

Reporting in 2018, the US Coast Guard said a cutter rescued the Alta’s 10 crew when the ship became disabled 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Cork’s Evening Echo said a county council team was preparing to assess the wreck for possible oil leaks. Credit: Irish Coast Guard via Storyful