06:25 GMT06 April 2020
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    The Alta cargo vessel, which floated for thousands of kilometres since its crew was rescued by the US Coast Guard back in September 2018, was found washed ashore in Ireland due to the power of Storm Dennis.

    The Irish Coast Guard had reported on Twitter that the vessel was found empty off the coast of County Cork near Ballycotton, shortly after the storm.

    The Cork City Council warned the public to stay away from the ship as it is stranded on a dangerous stretch of coastline and still affected by the dangerous weather. The council had also said that engineers will inspect the vessel as soon as they get the chance.

    This is the first time the Alta has been seen since a Royal Navy ship tweeted that its crew had spotted it in the middle of the Atlantic in September 2019.

    The ship was abandoned back in 2018 about 1,300 miles (2,000 km) southeast of Bermuda, after calling for help while sailing from Greece to Haiti. The crew was rescued by the US Coast Guard and the Alta has been drifting in the Atlantic ever since.

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