Russian ghost ship Lyubov Orlova infested with RATS could beach in Britain | Mail Online
Could this Russian ghost ship infested with CANNIBAL RATS beach in Britain? Experts fear storms have driven abandoned cruise liner towards land after Canadian tow ship lost it a YEAR ago Lyubov Orlova has been missing in the North Atlantic since last JanuaryExperts fear high winds have driven it worryingly close to UK shorelineLikely to have hundreds of diseased rats with only each other for foodAbandoned liner cut adrift while being towed to Dominican Republican
BySimon Tomlinsonand Chris Brooke
PUBLISHED:03:19 EST, 23 January 2014|UPDATED:23:39 EST, 23 January 2014
A ghost ship infested with hundreds of cannibalistic rats may end up beaching on Britain's coastline, experts have warned.
The abandoned Lyubov Orlova has been missing since it cut adrift while being towed from Canada nearly a year ago.
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.
Searchers say there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands, of disease-ridden rats on board with no source of food except each other.
Bound for Britain? The abandoned Lyubov Orlova may be bringing hundreds of disease-ridden cannibal rats to the UK after cutting adrift in the North Atlantic a year ago
Mystery of the missing liner: The ship was being towed from Newfoundland to the Dominican Republic in January last year when it cut adrift. Experts fear high winds have pushed it thousands of miles towards the UK
Based on signals from distress beacons thought to have been set off accidentally and an unconfirmed satellite image, it is believed the Soviet vessel could hit the West coast of Ireland, Scotland or the far southern tip of England.
Belgian-based searcher Pim de Rhoodes said: 'She is floating around there somewhere. There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other.'
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A spokesman for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "We have received no reported sightings of the vessel since April, but we will respond accordingly."
The 4,250-ton Lyubov Orlova - which was built to carry 110 passengers - was impounded in Newfoundland in 2010 after being deserted by her crew over a debt row.
Two years later, she was towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped.
Cannibal carnage: Searchers say there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands, of disease-ridden rats on board with no source of food except each other (file picture)
Lost at sea: 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
But when she came loose, the Canadian government decided to drag her far out to sea and leave her there.
Adventurers - who want to cash in on the ship's ??600,000 value as scrap - do not believe she has sunk because the life-raft transmitters would have gone off.
The sign of her since has been two distress beacons picked up mid-Atlantic in March last year which are thought to have gone off when life-rafts fell into the water.
A few weeks later, a satellite spotted a blip off the coast of Scotland big enough to be the ship, but no vessel was found. After that, nothing has been seen of the 300ft liner.
Irish coastguard Chris Reynolds said: 'We must stay vigilant.
'We don"t want rats from foreign ships coming onto Irish soil. If it came and broke up on shore, I"m sure local people wouldn"t be very happy about it."
The Lyubov is now gaining in notoriety in internet discussion forums, an iPhone app called Find Orlova and its own Twitter account.
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mumfofsundays,Dundee,5 hours ago
Bit behind the drag curve. The RAF Nimrods were scrapped a few years ago. The UK currently has no Maritime Patrol Aircraft capability, otherwise it would be able to find this ship.
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Quiche Lorraine,in the kitchen, Switzerland,5 hours ago
Michael O??Leary is hoping he will find it first, and offer discount tickets to travellers. Pack em in! RyanSea.
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mr blue,scunthorpe,5 hours ago
surprised the animal rights are not getting involved in this one
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GHOST,Edinburgh,5 hours ago
Have we any submarines left ?
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paulogabbini,redhill - united kingdom,5 hours ago
James herbert would love this.
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Still Grumpy,Derby, United Kingdom,5 hours ago
Cannibal rats? No, I don't think so but they could be ZOMBIE rats! Mwaaaaa!
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Polstar55555,Inverness,5 hours ago
Nimrod MRA4 could have found it easily with its Searchwater 2000 Radar, pity they have all been turned into baked bean cans at a cost to the tax payer of nearly ??4 Billion.
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Janeevans50,Chester, United Kingdom,5 hours ago
You couldn't make it up could you.There has got to be a film somewhere in this.
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REDDB10,Larnaca, Cyprus,6 hours ago
parliament is already full of rats so i dont see what harm a few more would do.
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theenglishpatient,london, United Kingdom,6 hours ago
Get a grip Daily Mail. Your headline is very reminiscent of a James Herbert novel.
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