The Met Office, Britain’s meteorological service, said Storm Dennis brought a month’s worth of rain in just 48 hours to parts of South Wales, causing major flooding throughout the region as authorities fanned out to rescue people from homes and businesses.
The Irish Coast Guard said it responded on Sunday after a cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since its crew was rescued in 2018 ended up on the rocks near Ballycotton, located on the country’s south coast.
“There was nobody on board,” according to the Irish Coast Guard.
A cargo ship that had been drifting at sea since 2018 washed up on the coast of Ireland on Sunday, according to officials. (Irish Coast Guard)
Officials in Ireland said the U.S. Coast Guard had rescued the 10 crew members from the vessel back in September 2018. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a cutter rescued Alta’s 10 crew members on Oct. 8, 2018, when the vessel became disabled 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda.
At the time of the rescue, the crew members had been stranded on the ship for 20 days after transiting from Greece to Haiti when the ship broke down and repairs were unable to be made.
“The vessel has been drifting since,” Irish officials said.
The storm caused disruptions throughout the region that are expected to last through Sunday.
An ambulance, left, and a vehicle are submerged after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
Major incidents have been declared in a number of areas in England and Wales as authorities mobilized resources to deal with the impact of the overflowing rivers that have cut off some communities. Dennis has been so intense that England posted a record number of flood warnings and alerts. In addition, a rare “red warning,” for extremely life-threatening flooding, was announced for South Wales.
A man in his 60s died after falling into the River Tawe in South Wales mid-morning and his body was found further along the river, Dyfed-Powys Police said on social media. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious or being linked to the bad weather.
On Saturday, Storm Dennis was blamed for the deaths of two men who were pulled from the sea in separate searches off England’s southeastern coast.
A member of the public is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
The British Red Cross said that with water levels expected to peak on Monday or Tuesday it was ready to respond across the country.
“British Red Cross have been liaising with relevant local authorities, offering to support people affected by Storm Dennis across the U.K.,” its crisis response officer Georgie Timmins said.