All 30 Rescued From Dutch Sailing Ship off Ireland

July 25, 2013

Irish emergency officials say all 30 people aboard a Dutch sailing ship have been rescued after it crashed into rocks off the County Cork coast.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution says the twin-masted Astrid was using engine power to enter the port of Kinsale when its motor failed and the ship drifted quickly on to rocks. It broke apart and sank hours after Wednesday’s evacuation.

The Astrid, a 42-meter (138-foot) training ship for sailors, was destined for a classic vessels regatta Friday in the West Cork harbor village of Glandore.

The RNLI says four lifeboats and two helicopters were scrambled. It says one lifeboat rescued 18 people, a passing tall ship the remaining 12. Those rescued were treated for shock and mild hypothermia.

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