Paddle steamer sinks off South Stack

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A paddle steamer has sunk off the west coast of Anglesey.

The MV Oliver Cromwell was being towed to Northern Ireland when it began taking in water about twelve miles west of South Stack at just before 2pm on Friday afternoon.

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The all weather lifeboat from Holyhead was called out by the Coastguard to assist – but coxswain Tony Price said he decided it was too dangerous to put any crew members on board the vessel, which finally sank at around 4.20pm.

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No one was on board the 36-metre boat at the time and the sinking did not cause any pollution because there was no fuel.

Mr 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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The Oliver Cromwell, a 1920s Dutch barge later used as a Mississippi-style floating hotel along the River Severn, was being taken to its new owner in Coleraine after being sold.

It began its last ill-fated journey on Wednesday from Gloucester, where it had been moored for around five years.

It was the biggest riverboat hotel in the UK – but last year, after being renovated, it was put up for sale by English Holiday Cruises for an asking price of £245,000.


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