MS Riverdance

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The Riverdance was a RORO ferry formerly in service with Seatruck Ferries on the Irish Sea. Her normal route was Heysham - Warrenpoint. On 31 January 2008 at 19:30 the MS Riverdance was "broadsided" by a wave, causing the cargo to shift. At 19:45 the captain issued a Mayday call. The ship was listing at 60 degrees. At 20:00 the rescue crew at RAF Valley on Anglesey was put on standby, being scrambled at 20:20. Liverpool Coastguard co-ordinated assistance provided to the ship. Helicopters from the Irish Coast Guard, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force attended, along with lifeboats from Lytham and Fleetwood. The Steersman assisted with communications and the support vessels Clwyd Supporter and Highland Sprite were reported to be on their way to assist the ship. Before he was rescued, one of the passengers made an emotional, and what he thought at the time final, mobile phone call home to his wife. Starting at 21:00, eight people were airlifted from the ship, which later ran aground on Cleveleys's North Beach, opposite Anchorsholme Lane at around 22:50. The place where the Riverdance beached is very close to the remains of the Abana, and directly above the former Little Bispham underground car park. The passengers and crew lifted off the ship arrived at Blackpool airport at 22:00, and two of them were taken to hospital suffering from mild hypothermia, but were not detained. The passenger who had called his wife was able to call her at 22:30 to say that he was safe. Six further crew members were taken off the vessel after it had run aground. A helicopter from RAF Prestwick was used for this part of the operation. On 10 April 2008, it was announced that all attempts to refloat Riverdance had been abandoned and that she was to be scrapped in situ. The contract to dismantle the vessel was awarded to Hancock's Contractors, of Heysham. The work was expected to take about twelve to fourteen weeks. One of the reasons for the decision was that Riverdance had suffered further structural damage during the storms on 12 March. The damage to Riverdance included damaged propellors and engine, loss of a rudder, the bulwarks destroyed on her starboard side and a lifeboat destroyed. She has a sister ship, the Moondance, which is currently in service with Seatruck. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE] is not affiliated with or endorsed by wikipedia. wikipedia and the wikipedia globe are registered trademarks of
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