Friday, September 12, 2008
The majestic sailing ship Asgard II, bought by the Irish Government to provide adventure sail-train for civilians, sank off the French coast. The captain called for help at 2am when the crew discovered flooding in the hull.French Navy helicopers and boats were used to rescue 20 crew members, who were aged between 16 and their mid-sixties. The Asgard II sank seven hours later. The two-masted vessel was built 27 years ago in the style of a classic pirate ship. It was nearing the end of week-long voyage from Falmouth to La Rochelle when it sank.