Saturday 23 June 2018

Watch: Dramatic moment paddle steamer 'Oliver Cromwell' sinks in the Irish sea

RNLI’s Holyhead lifeboat was called to the scene, but there was nothing the crew could do to save the boat.

The paddle steamer sinking off the Welsh coast (RNLI/PA)
The paddle steamer sinking off the Welsh coast (RNLI/PA)

Rachael Burnett

A paddle steamer has sunk off the Welsh coast while being towed to Ireland.

The 36-metre vessel, called 'Oliver Cromwell' according to the BBC, did not have anyone on board and did not contain any fuel when it sank in the Irish Sea, 10 miles west of South Stack on Saturday afternoon.

RNLI’s Holyhead lifeboat was called to the scene, but there was nothing the crew could do to save the boat.

Coxswain Tony Price said: “It was very sad to see such a lovely vessel sink like that, but fortunately no one was endangered and the lack of fuel on board meant there were no environmental issues.”

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