'Cannibal rat ghost ship' set to hit Cornish coast stories rubbished by Maritime and Coastguard Agency

This is The West Country: 'Cannibal rat ghost ship' set to hit Cornish coast stories rubbished by Maritime and Coastguard Agency 'Cannibal rat ghost ship' set to hit Cornish coast stories rubbished by Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A 'story' claiming that a 'cannibal rat infested Russian ghost ship' is bearing down on the Cornish coast has been rubbished by the experts, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Despite reports that sound more like a 70's horror movie, the MCA say that there is no evidence the former Soviet cruise ship 'Lyubov Orlova', named after the first recognized star of Soviet cinema, is still even afloat.

Newspaper websites have claimed that experts say the "ghost ship infested with hundreds of cannibalistic rats may end up beaching on Britain's coastline". 

Adding that the abandoned Lyubov Orlova was cut adrift while being towed from Canada nearly a year ago.

And that: "Coastguards fear the 40-year-old liner was driven across the North Atlantic by high winds and is now lurking worryingly close to the UK shoreline", with "hundreds, if not thousands, of disease-ridden rats on board with no source of food except each other".

The last mention of the ship was when two distress beacons were picked up mid-Atlantic in March 2013, which could have been set off when life-rafts fell into the water, or the ship sank.

However The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said: "The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has received no sightings of the former Soviet cruise ship 'Lyubov Orlova' since April last year and there is no evidence to suggest it is still afloat.

"Any 'ghost' ship entering European waters is highly likely to be reported due to the large number of vessels passing through the area. We would then act accordingly."

This is The West Country:

Not coming to a beach near you.

 

 

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6:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

meerkats says...

gosh sounds like a trailer for a film !!
gosh sounds like a trailer for a film !! meerkats
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8:39am Fri 24 Jan 14

rebelrebel says...

rubbish, bad news, sells news papers,
rubbish, bad news, sells news papers, rebelrebel
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1:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

This story is not in the Packet newspaper it is solely on its website so why would it enhance newspaper sales! It is simply an interesting story that has been reported and both refuted within the same article! so in my opinion the article itself cannot be classed as rubbish.
This story is not in the Packet newspaper it is solely on its website so why would it enhance newspaper sales! It is simply an interesting story that has been reported and both refuted within the same article! so in my opinion the article itself cannot be classed as rubbish. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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3:49pm Fri 24 Jan 14

meerkats says...

rebelrebel wrote:
rubbish, bad news, sells news papers,
Why do you say rubbish? As Gill has already pointed out it is not printed in the Packet. Its good local news that sells papers , which is something Packet newspapers are very good at.
[quote][p][bold]rebelrebel[/bold] wrote: rubbish, bad news, sells news papers,[/p][/quote]Why do you say rubbish? As Gill has already pointed out it is not printed in the Packet. Its good local news that sells papers , which is something Packet newspapers are very good at. meerkats
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8:48am Sat 25 Jan 14

molesworth says...

Actually it's all the pictures of school children which sell the newspaper. All the copies are purchased by proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc.
Actually it's all the pictures of school children which sell the newspaper. All the copies are purchased by proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. molesworth
  • Score: 1

9:32am Sat 25 Jan 14

meerkats says...

molesworth wrote:
Actually it's all the pictures of school children which sell the newspaper. All the copies are purchased by proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc.
i buy the paper for the news , not all of us have children so wouldnt buy it for pictures .
[quote][p][bold]molesworth[/bold] wrote: Actually it's all the pictures of school children which sell the newspaper. All the copies are purchased by proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc.[/p][/quote]i buy the paper for the news , not all of us have children so wouldnt buy it for pictures . meerkats
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10:02am Sat 25 Jan 14

KernBear says...

Cannibal rat ghost ship! Amazing! Sounds like an amazing story for a book. There could be a twist that involved some type of modern day Cornish wreckers who attract the ghost ship to the shore where it unleashes its deadly cargo of plagued rats. Of course, the local wreckers will have come from Mullion with the hero of the story coming from St Keverne of course. ;)

Helston will be ok, because we can all stand on these new benches in the main street to escape the plague rats. Of course, taking into account the wonky nature of the benches I am sure a few people will fall off and become victim to the plague rats.
Cannibal rat ghost ship! Amazing! Sounds like an amazing story for a book. There could be a twist that involved some type of modern day Cornish wreckers who attract the ghost ship to the shore where it unleashes its deadly cargo of plagued rats. Of course, the local wreckers will have come from Mullion with the hero of the story coming from St Keverne of course. ;) Helston will be ok, because we can all stand on these new benches in the main street to escape the plague rats. Of course, taking into account the wonky nature of the benches I am sure a few people will fall off and become victim to the plague rats. KernBear
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10:17am Sat 25 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

KernBear wrote:
Cannibal rat ghost ship! Amazing! Sounds like an amazing story for a book. There could be a twist that involved some type of modern day Cornish wreckers who attract the ghost ship to the shore where it unleashes its deadly cargo of plagued rats. Of course, the local wreckers will have come from Mullion with the hero of the story coming from St Keverne of course. ;)

Helston will be ok, because we can all stand on these new benches in the main street to escape the plague rats. Of course, taking into account the wonky nature of the benches I am sure a few people will fall off and become victim to the plague rats.
Excellent, you write it and I will buy several copies.
[quote][p][bold]KernBear[/bold] wrote: Cannibal rat ghost ship! Amazing! Sounds like an amazing story for a book. There could be a twist that involved some type of modern day Cornish wreckers who attract the ghost ship to the shore where it unleashes its deadly cargo of plagued rats. Of course, the local wreckers will have come from Mullion with the hero of the story coming from St Keverne of course. ;) Helston will be ok, because we can all stand on these new benches in the main street to escape the plague rats. Of course, taking into account the wonky nature of the benches I am sure a few people will fall off and become victim to the plague rats.[/p][/quote]Excellent, you write it and I will buy several copies. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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10:48am Sat 25 Jan 14

titanium says...

"The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.
"The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read. titanium
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12:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

rebelrebel says...

with reference to my past comment, and some negative comments on mine. never once did i claim this article to be printed in the paper !. However to these negative people who seem to think this may be true. PLANT A SEED AND LET IT FESTER. that is what is happening. Do these negative people want to hear that MRS X gave a jar of homemade jam to MRS Y at the local W I. NO bad news travels fast. It is claim that we can send man to the moon, Do these sad people really think this ship may a danger to the public . YES they do , they thrive on doom and gloom stories. So keep looking in the paper, and next week for more.
with reference to my past comment, and some negative comments on mine. never once did i claim this article to be printed in the paper !. However to these negative people who seem to think this may be true. PLANT A SEED AND LET IT FESTER. that is what is happening. Do these negative people want to hear that MRS X gave a jar of homemade jam to MRS Y at the local W I. NO bad news travels fast. It is claim that we can send man to the moon, Do these sad people really think this ship may a danger to the public . YES they do , they thrive on doom and gloom stories. So keep looking in the paper, and next week for more. rebelrebel
  • Score: -6

12:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

DCI Jen says...

I can't see anywhere on here where anyone expresses an opinion saying they believe the story to hold any truth.
They have just said it is interesting and could be made into a book. I agree. To say they do believe this story when there is no proof whether the readers believe it or not is pure fiction! and if anyone doesn't like the paper or the website they don't have to read it, there are plenty of us that do buy the paper thank you and enjoy it.
I can't see anywhere on here where anyone expresses an opinion saying they believe the story to hold any truth. They have just said it is interesting and could be made into a book. I agree. To say they do believe this story when there is no proof whether the readers believe it or not is pure fiction! and if anyone doesn't like the paper or the website they don't have to read it, there are plenty of us that do buy the paper thank you and enjoy it. DCI Jen
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

titanium wrote:
"The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.
I will purchase a copy.
[quote][p][bold]titanium[/bold] wrote: "The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.[/p][/quote]I will purchase a copy. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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7:05am Sun 26 Jan 14

titanium says...

Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
titanium wrote:
"The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.
I will purchase a copy.
Be warned, it's quite gory !.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]titanium[/bold] wrote: "The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.[/p][/quote]I will purchase a copy.[/p][/quote]Be warned, it's quite gory !. titanium
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9:22am Sun 26 Jan 14

meerkats says...

titanium wrote:
Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
titanium wrote:
"The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.
I will purchase a copy.
Be warned, it's quite gory !.
I remember reading it many years ago and it is very gory but a good read
[quote][p][bold]titanium[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]titanium[/bold] wrote: "The Rats" by James Herbert. A very good read.[/p][/quote]I will purchase a copy.[/p][/quote]Be warned, it's quite gory !.[/p][/quote]I remember reading it many years ago and it is very gory but a good read meerkats
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9:26am Sun 26 Jan 14

meerkats says...

DCI Jen wrote:
I can't see anywhere on here where anyone expresses an opinion saying they believe the story to hold any truth.
They have just said it is interesting and could be made into a book. I agree. To say they do believe this story when there is no proof whether the readers believe it or not is pure fiction! and if anyone doesn't like the paper or the website they don't have to read it, there are plenty of us that do buy the paper thank you and enjoy it.
well said.
[quote][p][bold]DCI Jen[/bold] wrote: I can't see anywhere on here where anyone expresses an opinion saying they believe the story to hold any truth. They have just said it is interesting and could be made into a book. I agree. To say they do believe this story when there is no proof whether the readers believe it or not is pure fiction! and if anyone doesn't like the paper or the website they don't have to read it, there are plenty of us that do buy the paper thank you and enjoy it.[/p][/quote]well said. meerkats
  • Score: -1

6:55am Mon 27 Jan 14

helztonboy says...

perhaps Ron might start commenting again when its lands here
perhaps Ron might start commenting again when its lands here helztonboy
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4:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

it landed at Porthleven, but nobody noticed the extra rats loloo
it landed at Porthleven, but nobody noticed the extra rats loloo miss perfect
  • Score: -1

5:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

If you want a gloom and doom story, Cornwall suffered a tsunami in 1755 and some scientists believe we could have another one and it is probably over due.
If you want a gloom and doom story, Cornwall suffered a tsunami in 1755 and some scientists believe we could have another one and it is probably over due. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

do you remember it Gillian ?

sorry, only joking lol
do you remember it Gillian ? sorry, only joking lol miss perfect
  • Score: -1

7:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

miss perfect wrote:
do you remember it Gillian ?

sorry, only joking lol
lolo
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: do you remember it Gillian ? sorry, only joking lol[/p][/quote]lolo miss perfect
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7:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

miss perfect wrote:
do you remember it Gillian ?

sorry, only joking lol
Yes, I was born in 1750 so I was 5 at the time!!!!
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: do you remember it Gillian ? sorry, only joking lol[/p][/quote]Yes, I was born in 1750 so I was 5 at the time!!!! Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

I now understand why your comments are so wise, with all the experience of life that you have

my granny was born then, and she says very sensible things too loll
I now understand why your comments are so wise, with all the experience of life that you have my granny was born then, and she says very sensible things too loll miss perfect
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