This is the mo­ment Ark­low’s As­gard II was lost to the sea...

Bray People - - Schools Report -

THE RE­AL­ITY sur­round­ing the loss of the As­gard II which sunk off the French Coast on Septem­ber 11 hit home this week when dra­matic im­ages of its fi­nal mo­ments were re­leased.

The pic­tures which were cap­tured just min­utes be­fore the doomed sail train­ing ves­sel went out of sight for good were taken by a French cus­toms air­craft.

Al­though all trainees and crew were quickly re­moved to safety the ship could not be saved and sunk within five hours.

It is now still un­known if it will be pos­si­ble to raise the As­gard II of con­struct a new ship to take over in the area of sail train­ing.

An in­sur­ance pol­icy was taken out with com­pany Al­lianz for over ¤ 3m.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on­go­ing in to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the sink­ing by both French and Ir­ish au­thor­i­ties.

This still taken from footage cap­tured by the coast­guard shows the evac­u­ated As­gard II on the point on sink­ing off the French coast.

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