Residents of County Mayo in Ireland got quite the surprise in November 2016 when a ramshackle wooden boat materialized offshore completely out of the blue. Intrigued, officials subsequently went to investigate the mysterious vessel. And when they did they were amazed by what they discovered.
The waters off the west coast of Ireland can be wild at the best of times. So when onlookers caught sight of an unusual vessel bobbing aimlessly in the wintry breakers, their concern was that passengers might be trapped inside, perhaps injured or in trouble. Naturally, they immediately notified the emergency services.