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.
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.