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Upturned Co Clare Boat believed to belong to US Coast Guard

A vessel believed to belong to the US Coast Guard has been found off Co Clare. Picture taken from RTE.

A BOAT believed to belong to the US Coast Guard has been found in the sea off Co Clare.

The upturned vessel was spotted yesterday by the crew of the Doolin Express Ferry and brought to Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands.

Although its engines were still attached, it is believed the boat had been in the water for some time.

A spokesperson for the ferry company said they believed the boat was a US Coast Guard vessel.

"We were able to find that out from the serial number, which is clearly visible," she told RTE.

Liam O'Brien, owner of Doolin Ferry Co, said his staff spotted the boat and went to investigate.

"There was a lot of growth on it, it had clearly been there for a long time,” he said.

"We rang the coast guard, and a local fisherman went out for a look. He tried towing it back himself, but it was too big.

"He got back in contact with us and one of our boats towed it in to the beach and a load of locals came down and helped pull it ashore.”

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