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VIDEO: Is Cornwall About to be Wiped Out by Ghost Ship Crewed by Cannibalistic Rats?
7:29am 24th January 2014
(Updated 7:29am 24th January 2014)
Coastguards are playing down newspaper articles warning a giant liner, packed with hungry rats is heading for Cornwall.
It is after The Sun reported the massive Lyubov Orlova could be heading for the Duchy.
The empty liner was being towed from Canada to the Dominican Republic to be broken up for scrap around a year ago, when she was cut free.
Since then she has been drifting across the globe.
The latest definite fix is thought to have been in March last year when an automatic beacon was triggered.
Experts think that could have been caused by her lifeboats deploying when she was hit by a wave.
If she is still afloat she could eventually arrive in the Duchy, Devon, Scotland, Ireland or somewhere entirely different.
Coastguards say if the hulk was to limp our way it is likely someone would spot it. In a statement they said: "The Maritime and Coastguard Agency 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."
There is no way of knowing whether there are actually any rats onboard - civilised or otherwise.
Here is what the liner looked like before going missing.
It is impossible to see the new rat captain from the video.7:29am 24th January 2014
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