Tall ship runs aground off Irish coast

The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued.
The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued. Photo: Irish Coastguard

Thirty people had to be rescued after the tall ship they were sailing hit rocks and ran aground off the coast of Ireland.

More than 20 young people from across Britain, Ireland and Europe were on-board the Dutch owned Astrid when it ran aground in heavy seas on the approach to Kinsale harbour in Co Cork.

The Astrid was one of 50 vessels taking part in a flotilla-style five mile journey from Oysterhaven to Kinsale as part of Ireland's 2013 Gathering initiative - a tourism bid to encourage Irish people from around the world to reurn to their homeland on holiday.

The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued.
The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued. Credit: Irish Coastguard

The recent drama is likely to mark the final chapter in the Astrid's already colourful history.

Built in the Netherlands in 1918 as a cargo ship, the vessel was transferred into Swedish ownership and worked Baltic sea trade routes until 1975.

The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued.
The ship disappeared below the waves within minutes to the crew being rescued. Credit: Irish Coastguard

After another sale the ship was alleged to have fallen into the hands of drug smugglers.

She was found abandoned and burnt to a shell off the coast of England in the early 1980s. A salvage operation saved her then and she was transformed into a training vessel for young people.