Riverdance BBC News


On 31 January 2008 Riverdance, a ferry in service on the Irish Sea, was caught in severe weather. Hit by big waves that caused her cargo to shift, she beached at Blackpool very close to the boundary with Cleveleys where emergency teams worked in dangerous conditions to rescue all crew and passengers without loss of life. Overnight the sea continued to pound the stricken vessel, freeing some of the cargo (including pallets of McVities biscuits!).

This was big news in the UK and an earlier edit of the image above, showing the beached ferry and some of the freed cargo, was featured on the BBC regional news website. Attempts to refloat the vessel failed and she was cut apart and scrapped on site during 2008.