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US Navy ‘ghost ship’ turns up in Ireland

A BOAT thought to have been sunk in a US Navy training exercise three years ago has turned up in Ireland.

The £95,000 remote control craft — used for target practice — is believed to have made a ghostly journey across the Atlantic.

It was spotted floating upside down by a ferry crew heading from Doolin, Co. Clare, to Inisheer, an island off Ireland’s west coast. The craft — covered in 2ft long goose barnacles — was towed to the island, where locals at first thought it was a lost US Coast Guard rescue boat.

But their investigations soon revealed its real purpose was as a moving target for the US Navy during exercises.

Liam O’Brien, 37, owner of Doolin Ferry Company, said: ‘They must have thought they’d sunk it. We reckon it’s probably been in the water three years.’