Plans un­der­way to sal­vage As­gard II

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TENDERS ARE to be sought with a view to sal­vaging the ill-fated sail train­ing ves­sel As­gard II which sank off the Bay of Bis­cay on Septem­ber 11.

Min­is­ter for De­fence Wil­lie O’Dea an­nounced dur­ing a Dáil de­bate this week that fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween Coiste an As­gard and in­sur­ance com­pany Al­lianz, which holds a €3.8m pol­icy for the ship, that a de­ci­sion was taken that tenders would be sought.

Fol­low­ing applications it will be de­cided whether or not such an op­er­a­tion will pro­ceed.

Min­is­ter O’Dea added that Coiste an As­gard is cur­rently looking into se­cur­ing a tem­po­rary re­place­ment sail train­ing ves­sel but that a de­ci­sion date is not yet known on whether this will be suc­cess­ful.

All sched­uled As­gard II voy­ages for this year have been can­celled.

The As­gard II on the slip­way in Ark­low prior to her launch in 1981.

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