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VIDEO: Cornish Schoolgirl Saved From Sinking Ship

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 1st August 2013

A Looe teenager has told Pirate FM about the moment the ship she was on board started to sink.

Katie Spencer from Morval was among twenty-three trainees on tall ship The Astrid off the coast of Ireland.

She was bedding down for the night when they hit rocks and started taking on water.

The fifteen year old said: "We all got told to go to the back of the boat, sit down and brace ourselves. We were being hit against the rocks. We were rocking around quite a lot.

"We were holding onto anything we could - then we got onto an inflatable life raft before being taken to an RNLI boat.

"We were off it before it started sinking - but we could see it as we were going away.

"It sank a few minutes after we were all off it."

The hundred year old ship got into trouble as it tried to enter a harbour in County Cork last week.

A spokesperson for Courtmacsherry RNLI, Vincent O'Donovan, said: "It's completely underwater now. That region of water is a notorious spot for losing ships. It will be breaking up below the water now and I don't think it will be saved."

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