The Irish Coast Guard has agreed to a salvage plan

The

wreck of the Tall Ship Astrid will be raised from the sea after salvage plans

gained approval from the Irish Coast Guard.

The

Dutch-owned tall ship ran aground on rocks close to Kinsale on 24 July. All 30

crewmembers were rescued in a large scale multi-agency rescue operation.

Divers

who assessed the Astrid in the wake of its sinking initially thought she was

unlikely to sail again. However, experts believe it is possible to salvage the

95-year-old vessel, which was converted into a sail training ship in the 1980s

at Portland Harbour.

A

Department of Transport spokesman said: ‘The Coast Guard has agreed the salvage

plan submitted by the insurers of the Astrid, a timescale for the operation

will become clearer once a start date has been finalised.’

In

the meantime, an exclusion order remains in place around the vessel, with regular

coastguard patrols.

Picture credit: RNLI