Experts say a ghost ship carrying only disease-ridden rats could be heading for the coast of Britain. The Luyubov Orlova was cut adrift while being towed from Canada to the Dominican Republic where it was to be scrapped. The vessel has been missing for about a year and there are now concerns that the high winds of the Atlantic have driven the 40-year-old Yugoslavian liner toward Ireland, Scotland or England. According to experts, it is likely the ship is carrying hundreds of rats that have been eating each other to survive.
In March of 2013, two signal were picked up, which experts believe resulted from lifeboats hitting the water and activating emergency beacons. At that time, the vessel was thought to be two-thirds of the way across the Atlantic and heading east. Experts believe the ship is still out there because not all of its emergency lifeboat beacons have been set off.
A Belgian salvage hunter who is one of many searching for the Lyubov Orlova told The Sun, “She is floating around out there somewhere. There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other. If I get aboard I’ll have to lace everywhere with poison.”
According to Chris Reynolds, the head of the Irish Coastguard, “There have been huge storms in recent months but it takes a lot to sink a vessel as big as that. We must stay vigilant.”
The Lyubov Orlova was named after a famous Russian actress.