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Saturday 16 December 2017

Teen sailors get new passports

THE teenage sailors who were dramatically saved from a sinking tall ship were issued new passports after nearly all of their possessions were lost at sea.

Trainee sailors from Holland, France, Belgium and Spain who were aboard the 'Astrid' which dramatically sank off the coast of Cork on Wednesday, all travelled to their respective embassies to collect emergency documentation, writes Enda Dowling.

Student Antoine Du Baret (19) travelled by bus from Kinsale to the French Embassy in Dublin, along with all of the other trainee sailors from abroad to have new documentation issued.

"All I had getting off of the boat were the clothes on my back," said Antoine. "Most of the people on the ship would have left everything that they own below deck. But the most important thing is that we came away with nobody hurt," he said. "All of our laptops and electrical devices, everything we brought with us was below deck."

Eleven Dutch, three Belgian and one Spaniard were taken to Dublin by Sail Training Ireland to resolve the documentation issues.

Irish Independent

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