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  • Missing Barge from Labrador Turns Up Near Ireland Six Months Later

    (Photo courtesy RNLI / Ballyglass)

    A barge that was reported missing six months ago in Labrador has turned up 3,000 kilometers away, on the other side of the Atlantic.

    The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Ballyglass, Ireland confirms a crew received a call to secure the barge and bring it to shore yesterday, after it had been spotted by a local fishing vessel.

    The steel barge broke free from its moorings in Labrador back in November. Upon locating the wayward platform, crews with RNLI towed the barge back to Ballyglass Harbour.

    In a statement, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Padraic Sheeran says they weren’t expecting to receive a call to this type of situation. While it’s unusual to find a barge thousands of kilometres away from its home, and have it rescued by a lifeboat, he says they’re relieved to have it safely recovered.

    This isn’t the first time a Canadian vessel made its way across the Atlantic to the north Mayo coast of Ireland. In the fall of 2016 a solar-powered houseboat washed ashore in Ireland, after it drifted away from Portugal Cove.

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