Cargo ship in distress off Hook Head

By Dan Walsh

Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter R117 and lifeboats from Kilmore Quay, Rosslare Harbour and Dunmore East have been scrambled to assist a 100-metre cargo ship, the Lily B, which was discovered drifting about two nautical miles of Hook Head.

ROSSLARE HARBOUR RNLI LIFEBOAT (Pic; Ray Millard/RNLI)

It is a general cargo ship, built in 1997, bound for New Ross Port from Germany with a cargo of coal and sailing under the flag of Antigua Barbuda.

Dunmore East RNLI was launched at 2.45pm after receiving a call that the ship was “dead in the water”. It appears to have lost power in strong gale force winds.

A tug is on its way from Waterford and it is likely that the striken vessel will be towed to safety in difficult sea conditions.

A crew of nine on board. There are no reports of injuries.

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