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Ghost ship full of diseased cannibal rats could crash into coast of Devon or Cornwall

By CGGayle  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

Experts fear the abandoned ghost ship Lyubov Orlova could be heading for the Cornish coast

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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.

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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.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 26 2014, 8:05PM

    Another gravy boat full of Cornwall Council rats.....

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  • PADDYHILL  |  January 24 2014, 9:29PM

    For Christ sake give the Navy some target practice

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  • John_Allman  |  January 23 2014, 7:30PM

    A ship that is invisible from above? Said to be populated by rats? How would anybody know that there were rats on board, without sighting the ship? How can the rat population have increased its biomass over time, with no external food source? A species in a closed ecosystem that eats nothing but itself is headed for rapid extinction. I smell a rat myself. Is this a hoax story? Or is it just so badly reported, that what is being reported is macabre speculation. Why would anybody suggest sinking such a valuable vessel, even if only as a source of recyclable materials? Why not tow it to its destination, this time using stronger rope?

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  • kernewekonan  |  January 23 2014, 5:23PM

    let us hope she sails up the Thames to meet their relatives who reside in westminster

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  • chrisd_600  |  January 23 2014, 4:43PM

    MargProops, i take it Geography, History or even International News aren't any of your strong points, Yugoslavia broke up in the early 90's resulting in the worst acts of "Ethnic Cleansing" since the Nazis "Bosnia" ring any bells?... Personally i'd call the navy in the sink the thing i'm quite sure they could find it!

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  • break  |  January 23 2014, 3:55PM

    We could make a movie out of this and call it: The Ghost Ship Full of Diseased Cannibal Rats,it has a ring to it.

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  • manicstreet  |  January 23 2014, 2:13PM

    We have our own sinking rat ship- it's called the Eden project.We don't need another one.

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  • MarjProops  |  January 23 2014, 1:37PM

    Nobody knows where it is. It's probably back in Yugoslavia being repainted a different colour and will be renamed as Lyubov Orlova II.

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  • pb635  |  January 23 2014, 1:35PM

    If it's not been seen for over six months, how so they believe its coming this way?!

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  • bazzerpage  |  January 23 2014, 12:49PM

    We could sink it if we had a Navy left!

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