Gardaí will monitor Cork 'Ghost ship' MV Alta overnight; fire 'substantially extinguished'

Gardaí will monitor Cork 'Ghost ship' MV Alta overnight; fire 'substantially extinguished'

Two units of Cork County Council's Fire Service are currently in attendance at the scene of a fire on board the shipwrecked MV Alta near Ballycotton, Co. Cork.

UPDATED 9:40PM

Firefighting operations have finished for the evening due to the rising tide and poor light. The fire is substantially extinguished and will be further assessed again tomorrow.

Cork County Council and An Garda Siochana are appealing to members of the public to avoid the area and not to attempt to gain access to the wreck which has been further damaged by the fire and is in an unsafe condition.

Gardaì will continue to monitor the situation overnight.

EARLIER

The MV Alta ‘Ghost Ship’ stranded on the coast of Ballycotton is on fire.

The ship, which washed up off the coast of Ballycotton in February 2020, was reported to the Fire Services at around 4pm on Thursday by concerned locals who saw smoke coming from the vessel.

Two units of the County Fire Service are currently in attendance at the fire. Units from Midleton and Youghal are at the scene.

A fire service spokesperson said the vessel was “well alight” by the time the fire service arrived on scene.

A statement from Cork County Council said: 

"Two units of Cork County Council's Fire Service are currently in attendance at the scene of a fire on board the shipwrecked MV Alta near Ballycotton, Co. Cork.

"Fire Crews are currently monitoring the fire ensuring there is no danger to the public.

"There are no reports of any casualties and Fire Crews will continue the monitor situation in this difficult to access location.

"An Garda Síochána and the Irish Coastguard are also in attendance and the public are asked to avoid the area while the Emergency Services deal with this incident."

More in this section

Sponsored Content