A ghost ship full of diseased cannibal rats could be about to crash into the Cornish coast, experts fear.
The abandoned Lyubov Orlova has been missing since it cut adrift while being towed from Canada nearly a year ago.
Now coastguards fear the 40-year-old liner has been driven across the Atlantic by high winds and is close to the UK shore.
Based on emergency beacons activated onboard the ship last year, it is feared the Yugoslavian vessel, registered to Russia, could now crash into Cornwall, Devon, Ireland or Scotland.
Those searching for the ship say there are likely to be thousands of disease-ridden rats on board with no source of food except each other.
Belgian-based searcher Pim de Rhoodes said: "She is floating around there somewhere. There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other."
The 4,250-ton ship built to carry 110 passengers was impounded in Canada in 2010 after being deserted by her crew in a debt row.
Two years later, she was towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped – but was abandoned when she broke free.
Nothing has been seen of the 300ft liner since the middle of last year, but she is believed to be heading this way.