Tall ship Astrid crew rescued off Cork

  • 24 July 2013
  • From the section Europe
Media captionThe Irish Coast Guardfilmed the ship aground off the south cost of Ireland

Thirty people have been rescued from a tall ship after it ran aground off the south coast of Ireland.

The Astrid hit rocks near the Sovereign Islands, on Wednesday as it attempted to navigate the entrance to the harbour near Kinsale, County Cork.

The lifeboat service described it as a major sea and air rescue.

The RNLI said 18 crew members had been rescued and were being taken to shore on a lifeboat.

The remaining 12 crew members were taken aboard a second tall ship.

The ship had visited Kinsale on a planned journey from Southampton to Cherbourg in France.

Four RNLI lifeboats and two Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopters were sent to the scene.