Rescue efforts begin for giant ship adrift off Cork coast

The giant ship was on its way to Russia when it ran into engine trouble off the coast of Kinsale.

imageThe Abuk Lion this morning, as seen from the LE Roisín (Pic: Defence Forces)

A RESCUE EFFORT is beginning again this morning to help a giant freighter stranded off the Cork coast.

The large Russian vessel was on its way to St Petersburg when it ran into engine trouble in the water some 30 miles off the coast of Kinsale just before 3pm on Sunday.

Efforts to get to the vessel to provide assistance were hampered by harsh weather, with conditions in the area this morning described as “challenging”.

The Irish Coast Guard said the operation to tow the ship to safety began at first light today. The naval vessel LÉ Roisín is assisting in the operation and has taken up station at the scene.

It is not thought that the vessel is in any immediate danger.

The vessel, the Abuk Lion, has 13 crew on board.

imageThe ship being towed to safety by a tug. (Pic: Defence Forces)

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